VALEAP was established in 2008, following the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting and the 2006 tragedy at the Fairfax County Police Sully Station. Since the first PCIS retreat in the summer of 2009, more than 1,100 officers from over 90 Virginia agencies have participated in 28 PCIS events. VALEAP has also worked with over 22 federal and out-of-state agencies, including participants from Connecticut, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
VALEAP is an accredited CISM team through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. Thus, CISM services provided by VALEAP are considered privileged communication which is protected under Virginia Code § 19.2-271.4. Privileged communications by certain public safety personnel (virginia.gov).
IN THE NEWS
VALEAP was featured on the PBS series, Virginia Currents. Watch the video of the segment below to learn more about the organization and its leaders.