Duties of the Sheriff
With a staff of 548 sworn, civilian, part time and auxiliary appointees, the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office has five main areas of operation, including corrections, DARE education, court security, civil process and training. The Virginia Beach Correctional Center is the largest locally-operated facility in Virginia, housing over 1,300 inmates.
Sheriff’s Community Work Force
The Community Work Force is an important function essential to the city, the inmates, and the Sheriff’s Office. The opportunity to be released from confinement is a privilege. Work Force gives the inmates the opportunity to help support the community, provides them with something positive to build their self-esteem and helps them develop job skills.
The Work Force also enhances the inmate’s ability to function in a structured environment. This work saves the city a substantial amount of money each year, enhances the community and provides a valuable public service.
The Work Force crews performs various projects from grass cutting, beautification of easements, cleaning of blighted areas, erecting tents for special functions and assisting with special projects. As part of the Work Force program, inmates receive time off of their sentence in accordance with Virginia law. Participants in the program include individuals sentenced to the facility, as well as those awaiting disposition for non-violent misdemeanors or felony offenses. In 2009, approximately 39 male inmates and 5 female inmates participated in the Work Force program.
The responsibilities of the Work Force grow each year, making it a valued arm of the city.
Shop With A Cop
Each Christmas Virginia Beach deputies are paired with needy children for an all-expense paid trip to Wal-Mart to select gifts for themselves or family members. The funds are raised, in part, by the Fraternal Order of Police, of which many of our employees are members.
United Way Day of Caring
We look forward to picking up our rakes and shovels each year to beautify a “Partner in Education” school by landscaping and weeding the school’s courtyard and exterior. Strawbridge Elementary School is our partner in this endeavor, and it’s a relationship that has “blossomed” over the year.
More than 50 deputies and civilians, led by the Sheriff and Chief Deputies brave the cold February waters of the Atlantic Ocean to help raise money for the Virginia Special Olympics.
Deputies provide security for the annual Thanksgiving weekend food collection campaign to benefit the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.
Dozens of VBSO volunteers serve as course marshals for the annual marathon at the Virginia Beach resort front.
Relay for Life
The VBSO’s support for the annual Relay for Life in Virginia Beach was at another record level in 2009. TEAM VBSO collected more than $4,100.00 to donate to the fight against breast cancer. Relay for Life honors the memory of those who lost their battle and those who survived the life-threatening disease.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Four times a year VBSO employees roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life! The Sheriff’s Office averages more than 65 pints of blood during each drive. The VBSO has often led the City in the annual Mayor’s Cup challenge.
Deputies and civilian support staff mentor students at Seatack Elementary in Reading and Math. They help encourage students to pursue and enjoy reading through the Accelerated Reader program. At the end of the school year, students and their mentors (from the VBSO, local legal community and local judiciary) participate in a celebratory picnic. The event is designed to celebrate the students’ successes and is hosted by the VBSO.
Salvation Army’s Christmas Stockings and Bear Drive
It’s a favorite holiday tradition at the VBSO when employees creatively design and dress stuffed bears and fill stockings for those less fortunate at Christmas. VBSO employees go to great expense to buy or create the bears’ outfits. The bears are then returned to the Salvation Army and distributed to needy children throughout Hampton Roads.
Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon
The Sheriff’s Offices provides manpower for the annual oceanfront marathon sponsored by the City.
It’s never too late to attend the prom if you’re a VBSO employee! Each year sworn and civilian staff members help escort senior residents of Marion Manor Assisted Living Facility to their Senior Prom. They enjoy dinner, conversation, a dance or two and a memorable evening, complete with pictures.
Volunteer Resources Council
The VRC is a city office that identifies city volunteers and resources to help identify cost savings for the City of Virginia Beach. The Sheriff’s Office organized and managed the Volunteer Resources Council’s golf tournament to help raise funds to finish its Volunteer Garden. The golf tournament was successful and the Volunteer Resources Council met its goal.
Pungo Strawberry Festival
The VBSO has helped ensure the success of this family-friendly festival each year by providing volunteer parking attendants, ground crews, festival organizers and public relations for the Memorial Day weekend event. By doing so, the festival is able to provide thousands of dollars in scholarships to college bound students as well as monetary assistance to area charitable organizations.
The Sheriff pulls an all-nighter cooking omelets for a good cause—Kellam High School’s Celebrate Life Night which follows the school’s annual graduation ceremonies. The VBSO provides security details for the all-night party which requires students to be locked in at the Princess Anne Rec Center while enjoying games, food, fun and the opportunity to win a number of great prizes generously donated by Virginia Beach businesses. Celebrate Life night encourages students to not be on the road after graduation. If they attend the Celebrate Life night and choose to leave, their parents are called and they cannot return to the party.
Special Olympics Virginia and Torch Run
Deputies help raise money and awareness about the Virginia Special Olympics. Annually, our deputies assist in the Special Olympics Torch Run to the Norfolk City line.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
In April and May VBSO deputies volunteer to assist the MDA with its annual “Lock Ups” to raise money to fight the disease. Ashley Dorey, the local program coordinator for MDA praised the volunteers saying, “having the volunteer deputies at our Virginia Beach Lock Ups made them even more authentic and to see the jailbirds’ faces when they were being brought in by the deputies was priceless.”
Opening Day of School
Each September off-duty deputies volunteer to help at a Virginia Beach elementary school. The deputies assist nervous children with finding their classrooms, escort them from their school buses and aide teachers with last minute, first-day duties. Gladly, the principal always welcomes them back with a smile each year!
Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs!
Deputies and civilian support staff volunteer to accompany local school children on a day of offshore fishing. The event is partially sponsored by the Billfish Foundation.
Kellam High School Senior Picnic
Kellam High School is another VBSO “Partner in Education” school. In June of each year, the VBSO and its volunteers host a picnic for the Senior Class. The graduating seniors feast on hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, sodas and cookies. It’s our way of saying “Congratulations and Good Luck.”
Police Unity Tour
Dozens of VBSO deputies ride to the nation’s capitol to help raise money for the annual Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial. Each rider is required to raise $1,500.00 before setting off on the three days journey.