Det. Sgt. Rachel Henderson to Receive International Association of the Chiefs of Police Award
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 -- City of Falls Church Police Det. Sgt. Rachel Henderson will be awarded the “40 Under 40” honor by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP) at the annual conference in Chicago this October. Selected from a competitive field of applicants, Henderson embodies “the qualities inherent in excellent law enforcement personnel: leadership, dedication, and spirit of service both on and off duty.”
From the IACP’s profile of Henderson: “Known among her peers for her humility and graceful presence, Detective Sergeant Rachel Henderson builds a symbiotic team environment wherever she is assigned. … At Falls Church Police Department (FCPD), she quickly became an accomplished special weapons and tactical team member as well as Northern Virginia’s first female sniper… As detective sergeant, she has built a reputation as a leader with strong moral principles and tenacious investigative skill. Detective Sergeant Henderson is also a general instructor with certifications in firearms, simunitions, electronic control devices (ECD), and field training, among others. In the past, she also spent her spare time assisting with Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes, which teaches women how to defend themselves from attacks.”
“The Falls Church Police are proud, delighted and honored that Detective Sergeant Henderson will be a recipient of this prestigious award," said Police Chief Mary Gavin. "We look forward to celebrating all 40 recipients' accomplishments and contributions to the profession and their respective communities.”
Henderson said, "“It’s such an honor to receive this award. Every day my colleagues and I present the best of the FCPD and the City of Falls Church in everything we do. We are a team committed to the safety of the community. I share this honor with them!”
About the Award
The IACP 40 Under 40 award program is designed to recognize individuals in law enforcement under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the profession. The award program is a chance for law enforcement agencies around the world to recognize the rising leaders within their field who possess the leadership skills and dedication that is essential to lead law enforcement now and in the future.