Retired Albion police officer now deputy chief of police for VA’s WNY healthcare system

Staff Reports Posted 7 August 2018 at 3:47 pm

Provided photos: Captain Steve Coville and Dena Scribner pin on Bill Scribner’s Collar Brass.

BATAVIA – A retired sergeant with the Albion Police Department today was promoted deputy chief of police for the Western New York VA Healthcare System.

Bill Scribner has worked with the VA for 2 ½ years. He retired from the Albion Police Department as a Sergeant in 2015. Scribner was the Training Coordinator at Albion and a member of the Orleans County Multi-Agency SWAT Team. Scribner has been a Police Instructor at the Police Academy at the Rural Police Training Academy at Genesee Community College since 2000 and a staff member since 2008.

The Western New York VA Healthcare System includes the Buffalo VA, Batavia VA and community-based outpatient clinics in Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lackawanna, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean and Springville.

Veteran Affairs Police Officers are federal police officers responsible for providing the law enforcement services for veterans and VA employees on VA property. There are approximately 35 police officers assigned to the WNY VA Healthcare System working out of the Buffalo and Batavia VA.

Scribner is a decorated police officer and veteran of the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force as a Security Policeman/Criminal Investigator from 1989-1994. He is a combat veteran volunteering to serve a six-month deployment to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm in 1991. Scribner was named Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year in 1991 at Homestead Air Force Base Florida. He was also named Homestead Air Force Base Airman of the Year 1991, Ninth Air Force “12 Outstanding Airman of the Year” 1991, Air Force Sergeants Association Airman of the Year 1991 and Tactical Air Command Security Police Professional of the Year 1991.

This group includes, from left: Cpt. Steve Coville, Dena Scribner, Bill Scribner, Eloise Scribner, Harold Scribner and Chief Steinmetz.

He was named Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year in 1992 at Clear Air Station Alaska and received the Air Force Space Command “Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award” 1993. He was named New York State “Top Cop” in 1999 and 2000.

Bill Scribner of Lyndonville has his name plate pinned on by his parents, Harold and Eloise Scribner, during a promotion ceremony today.

Scribner received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice with Honors from Clinton Community College in Plattsburg in May 1995 and was Inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Society, Excellence in Academics. He attended the Police Academy at the Rural Police Training Academy at GCC 1996-1997, graduating in January 1997 receiving the 1st Place Firearms Award and 2nd Place Academics Award.

Scribner is a former Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Lyndonville and a Volunteer Fireman for the Village of Lyndonville for 13 ½ years. He was also a grant writer receiving over $100,000 in grants for police departments during his career.

Deputy Chief Scribner has been married to Dena Scribner for 18 years and has 2 stepchildren, Joshua Bowman and Casey Durow and 2 grandchildren, Colton and Brae’lyn.

Scribner is the son of Harold and Eloise Scribner of Lyndonville.

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