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Contact: Sean McGowan
Virginia Police Benevolent
Executive Director


(January 24, 2020) – “Members of the law enforcement community throughout the South stand united with our fellow officers in Virginia in opposition to Governor Ralph Northam’s gun confiscation scheme.  We know that a well-armed, well-trained, law-abiding citizen is our best friend.  And these are exactly the people New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Governor Ralph Northam want to disarm.” - Sean McGowan, Southern States Police Benevolent Association


The Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to improving the law enforcement profession.  PBA members are full-time or retired employees of the various federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement and correctional agencies.  This professional association, funded by membership dues and citizen contributions, provides legal, legislative, disciplinary and other representation to member officers as well as a salary replacement death benefit to members’ beneficiaries.  The PBA prohibits members from engaging in or condoning any strike by law enforcement officers, electing instead to represent members through aggressive political action. For more information, please visit our website at


Virginia News
PBA Member Acquitted Of All Charges

May 10, 2022

PBA member Johnathan Brown of the Bristol, Va. Police Department was acquitted of all charges in a jury verdict released on April 27, 2022.

VAPBA Division Applicant Awarded Police Benevolent Foundation Scholarship

February 16, 2022

The Police Benevolent Foundation was proud to award a Virginia Division Scholarship to Grace Goodpasture.

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January 24, 2022

Chesapeake, Va., police Officer Tara Valli wanted to be in law enforcement since an elementary school presentation on the dangers of drug use.