Scribner, retired Albion Sgt., promoted chief of police for VA in WNY

Staff Reports Posted 8 December 2020 at 3:43 pm

Provided photos: William Scribner of Lyndonville has been promoted Chief of Police, VA WNY Healthcare System.

William G. Scribner was recently promoted to Chief of Police, VA WNY Healthcare System. Scribner has been working with the VA Police since February 2016, soon after he retired from the Albion Police Department.

Scribner started with the Batavia VA as a police officer and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in August 2018. On Nov. 17, 2020, he was selected as Chief of Police and confirmed by Washington D.C. on Dec. 4.

Chief Scribner’s vision for leading the VA Police in WNY includes continued emphasis on community policing, professionalism, teamwork, trust and remaining veteran-centered.

Chief Scribner also is an adjunct instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, assisting with developing the Interview & Interrogation Course and teaching this new course.

Scribner retired from the Albion Police Department as a sergeant in August 2015.  During his law enforcement career he was the training coordinator at Albion, a member of the Orleans County Multi-Agency SWAT Team and worked as a Narcotics Investigator for the Orleans County Drug Task Force.

He also served as a police instructor at the Police Academy through Genesee Community College since 2000 and a staff member at the Academy since 2008. He retired from the Academy in February 2020.  Bill also served with the Medina Police Dept and New York State Park Police during his career. He was a grant writer receiving over $100,000 worth of grants for Police Departments.

Dena Scribner is shown with her husband, VA Police Chief William Scribner, holding a United States American Flag. This flag was flown at the Buffalo VA Medical Center and the Batavia VA Medical Center in honor of Dena Scribner in recognition of her service to the VA Police and veterans. Dena Scribner is a co-founder of the annual Veterans’ Halloween Party.

Scribner also is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served as a Security Policeman, Trainer and Criminal Investigator from 1989-1994. He volunteered and served a tour of duty in the Southwest Theatre of operations during Desert Storm in 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal.

During his time in the Air Force he was named Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year in 1991 at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla. He was named Homestead Air Force Base Airman of the Year in 1991, Ninth Air Force “12 Outstanding Airman of the Year and Tactical Air Command’s Security Police Professional of the Year in 1991. In 1992 he was named Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year at Clear Air Force Station and received the Air Force Space Commands “Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award.” During his time as a municipal police officer, Chief Scribner was named New York State “Top Cop” in 1999 and 2000.

The Chief received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice with Honors from Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh in May 1995 and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Society, Excellence in Academics. He attended the Police Academy at the Rural Police Academy at GCC in Batavia, graduating in 1997. He received the 1st Place Firearms Award and 2nd Place Academics Award. He has attended over 3,500 hours of additional local, state and federal law enforcement training during his career.

Chief Scribner is a former Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Lyndonville for 10 years. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for over 13 years for the Lyndonville Fire Department.

Chief Scribner has been married to his wife Dena and recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in September 2020. He has two stepchildren, Joshua Bowman and Casey Durow, and 2 grandchildren Colton and Brae’lyn. Bill is the son of Harold and Eloise Scribner of Lyndonville.