The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office continued its tradition of staff development through robust training. Sheriff’s Deputies and Communications Specialists received numerous hours on topics ranging from basic skills to more advanced classes in leadership. Support staff continues to improve performance through advanced administrative training as evidenced by the Office Manager achieving her Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence through American Society of Administrative Professionals. This training helps to ensure the delivery of quality service to our constituents. Our commitment is demonstrated by our office’s leadership in programs with Deputies and Communications Specialists instructing at all levels.
The Sheriff is a board member of numerous training agencies, including the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute, Virginia Center for Policing Innovation, The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Committee on Training, and the Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Senior office staff are engaged with other law enforcement efforts to combat the serious issues of the opioid overdose crisis and delivery of services to mentally challenged persons in our community.
Finally, in the area of staff development, our office began a program to improve our health and wellness. We now have staff trained in the delivery of a nationally recognized program called LawFit.
2018 also saw the continued upgrade and maintenance of the equipment we need in delivering our services. Security upgrades in our Courts and Schools help us keep our community safe. New technology helps in our analysis and delivery of traffic enforcement, and communication upgrades help to ensure we can talk to each other efficiently and effectively.
2019 will be a busy year for our office. Our radio communications project enters the next phase, and we will continue to increase efforts in the area of motor vehicle traffic law enforcement. We have a review of our office operations for our Accreditation, and we hope to conclude the investigation of several long term criminal cases.
|Civil Process (Subpoenas, Custody Orders, etc.)||3,498||2,979||3,046||2,735||2,712|
|Calls for Service (Sheriff’s Office)||9,340||8,883||9,838||11,121||10,411|
|Calls for Service (911 Emergency Services)||16,855||15,350||16,165||17,391||16,562|
The Sheriff’s Office quest for efficiency through the use of technology continues. Our support of Clarke County’s new management software allows for staff to spend more time on our core mission, and use of specific equipment has allowed field staff the ability to spend less time on “mundane paperwork”. We are able to negotiate the upgrade of a substantial Communications project that will begin in 2018 with the expectation of better radio service to all first responders.
Our office continues to evaluate the delivery of our products, and those evaluations led to some organizational changes. These changes provide for better evaluation of staff performance.
We continued in 2017 with our tradition of supporting the training mission. In addition to staff receiving training provided by sources that included the FBI and the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI), the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office was busy teaching law enforcement classes at our local training academy.
Finally, the office recognizes the service provided by all of our staff. We opened our first fitness center and provided instruction with subject matter experts. We also recognize the stress of this profession and offered opportunities for counseling with many resources including our Chaplains.
We will continue with our Communications upgrade project. Our office will remain active in the pursuit of legislative changes that will positively impact our office performance. We have already designated several training opportunities and will continue the pursuit of a new physical location for our training academy.
|Civil Process (Subpoenas, Custody Orders, etc.)||3,391||3,498||2,979||3,046||2,735|
|Calls for Service (Sheriff’s Office)||9,250||9,340||8,883||9,838||11,121|
|Calls for Service (911 Emergency Services)||16,121||16,855||15,350||16,165||17,391|
The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office continues to evaluate and implement technology, with the purchase of an automated ticketing program, and Taser and scheduling software. These programs allow for better use of our office’s resources.
Our office continues to pursue training opportunities, and has implemented several lifesaving programs. Our use of NARCAN has one documented save; and placing AED’s in our cruisers gives our deputies the tools necessary for administering medical aid.
Our Reserve and Chaplain programs continue to expand and provide our office with support that doesn’t affect the budget.
Our office will begin the first phase of our Communications upgrades. We have already identified training opportunities, including on-line and scenario based opportunities. We continue our work with the Clarke County schools, striving to guarantee their safety. Finally, we hope to move into a new training academy, with a belief that a new physical plant will only improve our service.
|Civil Process (Subpoenas, Custody Orders, etc.)||3,389||3,391||3,498||2,979||3,046|
|Calls for Service (Sheriff’s Office)||11,981||9,250||9,340||8,883||9,838|
|Calls for Service (911 Emergency Services)||17,775||16,121||16,855||15,350||16,165|
In 2015, our office achieved re-accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Commission (VLEPC) with a perfect score, reflecting many hours of assessment of our operations. Sheriff’s Deputies received a large increase in the number of hours of training in various aspects of our profession. Once again, the cost of this additional training was paid for with forfeited asset funds. New technology included emergency medical dispatch, upgrades of camera technology, and video conferencing capabilities which reduced prisoner transports.
In 2016, our office will complete our strategic plan, essentially mapping out our future goals for the office. We will maintain our aggressive training schedule. The accreditation evaluation process will also be continued.
|Civil Process (Subpoenas, Custody Orders, etc.)||3,353||3,389||3,391||3,498||2,979|
|Calls for Service (Sheriff’s Office)||12,221||11,981||9,250||9,340||8,883|
|MVA with Property Damage||222||336||227||464||582|
|MVA with Personal Injury||37||91||47||64||89|
|MVA with Property Damage Handled by CCSO||-||-||-||-||182|
|MVA with Personal Injury handled by CCSO||-||-||-||-||70|
|Calls for Service (911 Emergency Services)||24,452||17,775||16,121||16,855||18,635|
*MVA = Motor Vehicle Accident
In 2014, the Sheriff’s Office began the long overdue renovations to 100 North Church Street. Our communication’s equipment was upgraded with additional radio channels. The office was able to use forfeited funds, versus tax-payer funding, to purchase needed equipment. New mobile data terminals, a new vehicle for the School Resource Officer, and bullet resistant vests make up a partial list of these purchases. Our office continues to improve our training with a great deal of attention focused on skills training.
In 2015, our office will be assessed for re-accreditation in the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Commission. Our Emergency Communications Center will install the Powerphone Total Response program which includes emergency medical, fire, and law enforcement dispatch. Our office will continue to improve our ability to provide physical security in the Court complex, and assist in the security of our schools.
|Civil Process (Subpoenas, Custody Orders, etc.)||3,073||3,353||3,389||3,391||3,498|
|Calls for Service (Sheriff’s Office)||11,795||12,221||11,981||9,250||9,340|
|MVA with Property Damage||277||222||336||227||464|
|MVA with Personal Injury||103||37||91||47||64|
|Calls for Service (911 Emergency Services)||20,477||24,452||17,775||16,121||16,855|