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Danville Police Major Chris Wiles

Danville Police Department Major Chris Wiles was named Danville Community College's 2015 Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year. He has taught the Report Writing course for 10 years.

DANVILLE, VA, September 10, 2015 – In his 22 years with the Danville Police Department, Major Christopher Wiles has captured many honors. But, most recently, after bringing his years of law enforcement experience to the classroom, Wiles has been named the 2015 Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year at Danville Community College. He received a plaque and a monetary award from the DCC Educational Foundation.

“I was very surprised and honored to receive the award. The other faculty members I work with in the Administration of Justice program are all exceptional. I have enjoyed interacting with the students and working with the faculty and staff here at DCC,? says Wiles, who has risen through the ranks in law enforcement, holding positions, such as Patrol Officer, Criminal Investigator, Patrol Supervisor and Major in the Services Division.

A DCC committee selected Wiles for the honor, based on nominations from faculty, staff, and students. He has taught the three-credit Report Writing (ADJ 215) course for 10 years. He first taught the class as a traditional lecture class, but now he teaches the class in an online format, which offers greater flexibility for students who are unable to come to the DCC campus..

Wiles says he gained considerable experience in report writing as a patrol officer early in his career. Today, he brings that knowledge to his students. His goal as an instructor is to provide the foundational knowledge students need to be successful, first in their academic program, and later, in a career in law enforcement.

“It is very rewarding to see my students succeed,? Wiles adds. “Several of my students have gone on to work for the Danville Police Department.?

According to John Wilt, Associate Professor of Administration of Justice, the Report Writing class is a required course in the Administration of Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum.

“It provides students with a knowledge of accurate documentation, a component of the criminal justice system that is critically important,? Wilt says.

Students also described their satisfaction with Wiles as an instructor.

“Our instructor went beyond the call of duty to help us with any problem that we had. We all knew without a doubt that Mr. Wiles was always there to answer our questions,? notes one student in Wiles’ nomination letter.

According to Wiles, writing reports is a behind-the-scenes law enforcement task that consumes a great deal of time and serves many purposes, from informing decisions in court cases to shaping criminal justice policy. He says common examples are incident reports, such as traffic citations and pre-sentence reports, which investigates the history of a person convicted of a crime.

“What you see on television and in movies is the exciting side of the criminal justice field. What you don’t see is what takes up a large percentage of a criminal justice employee’s time on the job: documenting those law enforcement actions,? Wiles explains. “It is critically important to accurately document and record actions and incidents. It can be months or years between the time an incident occurs and the time a case moves through the criminal justice system. The documentation of one single incident could be important for a decade or more.?


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