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The Chinese dean of the Victoria Police College signed a diploma in Chinese but it was rejected, sparking controversy

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The Chinese dean of the Victoria Police College signed a diploma in Chinese but it was rejected, sparking controversy

Last month, 61 law enforcement cadets graduatedVirginiaEach individual who graduated from the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Training Academy received a diploma signed by the Dean of the Academy and Fairfax County Police Major Wilson Lee. However, the move was complained about by Maggie DeBord, police chief of Herndon Township in Fairfax County. She was not happy that three new officers in her police department received graduation certificates with Chinese signatures. “It’s very important to me,” he said. , This is unacceptable for an agency and I do not want our police officers in the City of Holden to receive this type of certification.”

Li Huixin, dean of the Fairfax County College of Criminal Justice. (Screenshot from the official website of the Fairfax County Police Department)

In response to DeBord’s complaints, Fairfax County not only refused to issue a new certificate as requested, but Fairfax County officials also informed DeBord that the academy would no longer welcome cadets from the Haledon Police Department.

Thomas Arnold, the deputy county administrator responsible for public safety, wrote in a letter to Debord on March 18 that he had “decided to terminate the relationship between the Hedeng Township Police Department and the Fairfax County Department effective June 1.” Criminal Justice Faculty Relations”. Although the letter did not mention DeBord’s complaints about the signing, Arnold said in an email to The Washington Post that DeBord’s “statements and actions … are inconsistent with FC County and the culture of the county.” “A Fairfax Policy.”

The One County policy applies to all county government and school agencies and outlines the county’s inclusion guidelines, which state they “consider racial and social equity expectations when planning, developing, and implementing policies, practices, and initiatives.” Will…” Arnold did not specify which DeBoard violated the provisions of the policy.

The Fairfax County Police Academy certificate is typically awarded to a new police officer’s chief before graduation, and the chief then signs the certificate, so Debord saw the Chinese signature of “Li Huaixin” on the certificate.

So Debord wrote to Lee, “I just learned that you signed your college diploma in languages ​​other than English.” He also informed Li Huaixin that “this signature cannot be accepted” and asked Li to use English for his signature. The police officer signed the new certificate again. She argued that English was the language the officer should use, and the Chinese signature was a change made “without input from the participating chiefs and sheriffs.”


Hedeng Township Police Chief Debord.  (Screenshot of Hedeng Town official website)
Hedeng Township Police Chief Debord. (Screenshot of Hedeng Town official website)

The complaint led to a heated debate at the graduation between DeBord and Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis, and the county later decided to ban the Haddon Township police officer from future academy courses.

Debord, whose police department has about 54 officers, declined to comment on why he objected to the Chinese signatures.As of 2022CensusData shows that Heteng has a total of 24,000 residents, of which 16% areAsianAnd Asian residents in Fairfax County make up 21%.

Both Davis and Li Huixin declined to comment on the controversy.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department declined to re-issue the certificate, saying in a statement, “Our last few recruiting classes have included majority members as we make historic progress in better reflecting the communities we serve.” are those we serve. Any comments questioning these realities are unfortunate and do not reflect the County’s commitment to the One County policy.”

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