Documents and Incidents Tagged "Polly Griffin"


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    Decertified, Dismissed, & Wandering Ex-Police

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    Decertified, Dismissed, & Wandering Ex-Police
    The formerly-decertified, now-reinstated Polly F. Griffin currently works at the Petersburg Police Department. Griffin was fired from the VCU Police Department, indicted by the City of Richmond, and decertified by the DCJS after she attacked a civilian at a hospital. "You're lucky I don't kill you," Griffin reportedly said to the victim of her unprovoked attack, while a superior officer watching told her up to four times to "Let up," DCJS documents state. Upon her indictment for assault and following her termination from VCU Police citing "unnecessary/excessive force," a deal was made in court to allow for dismissal of Griffin's criminal charges upon completion of community service. While VCU Police Chief Venuti had promptly requested Griffin's certification be revoked, Griffin promptly requested an appeal before the DCJS Executive Board Committee, which, despite extensive documentation and testimony of the incident, voted to overturn her decertification and free her to work as a law enforcement officer in Virginia. Reinstated, free of charges, and authorized to patrol again, Griffin applied for and was granted a job with the Petersburg Police, according to rosters obtained by Open69Oversight VA in fall 2023. The attached document is the DCJS case file for Griffin's appeal for reinstatement. It contains correspondence, a letter of termination, emails, notices, and several reports of the events on the day of the assault. If you have information about Polly F. Griffin, contact


    Incident Officer-Griffin-Indicted

    Date Oct 27, 2021
    Report # Officer-Griffin-Indicted
    Department Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Police
    Officers Polly F. Griffin

    Longtime VCU Police officer Polly F. Griffin was arrested, charged, indicted, and subsequently decertified as a police officer after assaulting an individual while on duty and in uniform. Griffin appealed her decertification status to the CJSB Executive Committee; her certification was reinstated on November 17, 2022 without the public taking much notice.

    Address Richmond, VA
    Tags College & University  | VCU Police  | Officer(s) Criminally Charged  | Polly Griffin  |

    Incident CJSB-Appeals-Nov-2022

    Date Nov 17, 2022
    Time 10:00 AM
    Report # CJSB-Appeals-Nov-2022
    Department Decertified, Dismissed, & Wandering Ex-Police
    Officers Polly F. Griffin , Jason R. Davis

    The Criminal Justice Services Board Executive Committee meets bimonthly for two days to hear the appeals of decertified law enforcement officers.

    In November 2022, Polly Griffin (formerly of VCU Police) and Jason Davis (formerly of the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office) were reinstated as law enforcement officers.

    The Committee heard an appeal from Daniel Newland of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office but voted to uphold his decertification.

    Address 1100 Bank Street
    Richmond, VA
    Tags Polly Griffin  | DCJS  |