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Germanna police chief chosen to head state campus law enforcement group

Germanna Community College Chief of Police Craig Branch has been chosen as 2014-2015 president of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators—a state campus police chief group.

Craig Branch

Craig Branch

He had served as vice president previously. The new vice president is Virginia Commonwealth University Chief John Venuti.

“This is truly humbling,” Branch said. “It’s an honor to know that my colleagues think highly enough of me to entrust me with such a prestigious position in our profession. I am also fortunate enough to have a wonderful executive director in Dana Schard along with her passionate staff and a phenomenal executive board. My goal is simply to continue with our mission; to promote professionalism in campus public safety through training, collaboration and education.”

“We’re proud of Chief Branch,” said Germanna President David A. Sam.  ”The professionalism and leadership he’s exhibited in overseeing Germanna’s transition from a college security department to a campus police department will serve the association well.”

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Branch, a Chesterfield County resident, to the state Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice earlier this year.

Branch, a Chesterfield County resident,  came to Germanna as chief in 2011. He has over 20 years of law enforcement and security experience in Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Prior to coming to Germanna, he worked for the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Police Department where he served as an Interim Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. Prior to his employment at J. Sargeant Reynolds,  Branch served as a Watch Commander, Special Operations Commander, and Special Events Coordinator with the Virginia State University Police Department where he supervised police officers, security officers, and a narcotics canine officer. He went on to work for the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department where he served as a police supervisor on the night shift.

Branch has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, community policing/crime prevention officer, law enforcement supervisor, police academy Instructor, law enforcement manager, gang/narcotics investigator and physical security specialist.

He’s a graduate of Virginia State University with a B.S. in Health Physical Education and Recreation with a concentration in Sports Marketing and Recreation Supervision. He is also a graduate of Virginia State University’s Supervisor Management Institute, the VCCS Classified Staff Leadership Academy and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation’s New Chiefs School.