Sgt. Brent Coffey is the new spokesman for the Culpeper Division of the Virginia State Police, responsible for its media and public relations.
Coffey’s assignment became effective on Thursday, State Police Capt. Donald W. Jones Jr. announced Friday.
The division encompasses the 13 counties of Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren; and the cities of Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg and Winchester.
Coffey succeeds Sgt. Les Tyler, 60, the public information officer who retired Jan. 1 after 35 years of service with the state police.
Tyler’s first post was as a trooper in training in Culpeper in 1984. Later, as a duty sergeant, Tyler supervised 28 troopers. He also worked as a coordinator of the state police’s Accident Reconstruction Team, testifying many times as an expert witness.
Coffey joined the Virginia State Police in 2012. After graduation from the State Police Academy, he was assigned to the Culpeper Division’s Area 15 Office, which is located in Culpeper County.
During his tenure, Coffey has served as a field training officer, been assigned to the Tactical Field Force, and been a member of the Culpeper Division’s Crash Reconstruction Team, Jones said in the announcement.