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VCU Police Chief John Venuti to lead Virginia Public Safety Foundation

~Shelton to serve as Vice President~

RICHMOND – John Venuti, Chief of VCU Police, was elected on February 5 to serve as president of the board of directors of Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF), the non-profit organization which recently completed the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, Virginia’s monument to men and women who have died in the line of duty. Venuti is the first active Chief of Police to serve as VPSF’s president.

“I am honored to lead Virginia Public Safety Foundation, which has done so much to help public safety officers, their families and survivors,” Venuti said. “2015 will be a great year for our organization: having just dedicated the Memorial, we can now turn our efforts full-time to supporting our brave public safety officers in their time of great need.”

VPSF was founded in 1993 to provide crisis financial support for public safety officers and their survivors. Since 2009, VPSF has served as official administrator of the campaign to build a memorial to honor public safety workers at Richmond’s Capitol Square.

Billy Shelton, former Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (Retired), was elected VPSF’s vice president.

“Virginia Public Safety Foundation is a great organization of which I’m proud to be affiliated,” Shelton said.

Venuti replaces former Delegate Paula Miller, Communications Manager for the Department of Transportation’s Norfolk Headquarters. Miller served as VPSF’s president for 2014.

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