Standards, Policy and Homeland Security

Planning | National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance | Contact Information

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services provides a link to the Commonwealth’s preparedness strategy chain focusing on the law enforcement community. Key office responsibilities include developing a conduit for law enforcement leaders to express needs and concerns as they relate to homeland security and emergency management, National Incident Management System (NIMS) implementation, preparedness planning, and liaison to federal and state agencies working to ensure our nation and the Commonwealth are prepared and secure.


Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX)

LInX is a state of the art information sharing system that links the crime information of more than 300 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This system permits users to share information by breaking down jurisdictional and technical barriers. It increases their chances of finding, recognizing and utilizing critical data.

  • Comprehensive law enforcement information sharing effort
  • Shared data retrieval, entity extraction and analytical tool applications
  • Composite record of all integrated data; structured and free-text data.

LInx Network

Pocket Guide

Virginia Law Enforcement Anti-Terrorism Pocket Guide is a reference tool available to assist Virginia law enforcement in preparing for, preventing and responding to a terrorist or other man-made or natural critical incident. Copies are available to participants who attend and successfully complete the IED Awareness Training for First Responders training.


Law Enforcement Command Advisory Group (LCAG)

The LCAG meets a need identified by police chiefs and sheriffs for a law enforcement leadership group to convene regularly, focusing on four primary objectives:

  • promote and sustain intra- and interregional communication and collaboration;


  • develop a coordinated security and preparedness strategy;


  • provide a forum for law enforcement needs and concerns to be heard across a broad spectrum, and;


  • define regional and statewide objectives that require federal or state funds. The LCAG is not intended to replace or duplicate any current organization but rather to enhance the capability of the law enforcement community to speak the same message with its many voices.


LCAG Chairman: Phil Broadfoot, City of Danville Chief of Police 
LCAG Vice Chairman: Charlie Jett, Stafford County Sheriff

Supplemental Emergency Assistance for Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Developed as a result of our findings during a recent gap analysis of state level planning, this Fact Sheet (.pdf, 5 pages) serves as a concise reminder of resources available to support local law enforcement agencies and provides tips on how to obtain those assets.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance

Guidance and Resources

Incident Command System (ICS) Forms

  • The most commonly used ICS forms are available here (.pdf, 15 pages).


Contact Information

Sam Hoffman
Division of Law Enforcement 
Standards, Policy and Homeland Security Manager
Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804.225.3899