From Virginia State Police
Effective October 25, 2017, First Sergeant Derek Reece transferred to the Area 24 office in Dublin, assuming command of Giles and Pulaski Counties.
First Sergeant Reece began his career with the Virginia State Police in 2002 and upon his graduation from the State Police Academy began his first assignment in Pittsylvania County. In 2004 Reece transferred back to his home county of Pulaski and served as a trooper in Pulaski until his promotion to sergeant and subsequent assignment to Area 40 in Salem. While in Salem, Reece supervised patrol operations in Montgomery and Roanoke Counties. In 2013 Reece transferred as a sergeant to Area 26 in Wytheville and supervised patrol operations in Wythe County. In 2014 Reece was promoted to first sergeant and was assigned as the area commander of Buchanan and Dickenson Counties in the Department’s Area 29 Vansant office where he has been until his recent transfer back to his home area.
First Sergeant Reece is a 1996 graduate of Pulaski County High School as well as New River Community College. Reece is also a graduate of Liberty University with a master’s degree in Human Services and Executive Leadership. In addition, First Sergeant Reece is also a 2017 graduate of the University of Virginia’s National Criminal Justice Command College.
Since his promotion to First Sergeant, Reece has made community policing a priority and plans to continue this philosophy in his new assignment in Area 24. Reece said that “while in Area 29, we were able to decrease crash rates through public education as well as working with our other partners in law enforcement, the community, and private industry.” While in Area 29 First Sergeant Reece also says that one of his biggest accomplishments was being a part of the “Shop with a Cop” program in conjunction with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office and the Grundy Police Department. “We had a great relationship and the personnel from all three departments worked extremely hard conducting fundraisers to make the first ever ‘Shop with a Cop’ program a success last year. This year more children will be able to benefit from this program because of the increase in fundraising.” Reece also says he hopes to begin working with the local law enforcement agencies in Area 24 to begin a “Shop with a Cop” program in the near future.
First Sergeant Reece invites civic and community groups as well as churches and private industry to contact him for any presentations about any law enforcement topics of interest. In addition, Area 24 also has a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and any businesses, churches, citizens or schools can contact the Area 24 office for a security assessment as part of our crime prevention program.
First Sergeant Reece is a resident of the Snowville community and has an 8 year old daughter, Laura, who is a student at Pulaski Elementary School.