grayson-county-va-police-departmentAnnual Report

Grayson County Sheriff’s Office

2016 Annual Report

In addition to deputies responding to 8,352 calls for service, with an average response time of eleven minutes, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had a busy year in 2016 with 5,600 warrants served (1,137 criminal and 4,463 civil). The department recorded 97 felony charges combined. Investigators placed 138 charges on drug offenders. Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 16.

The Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9, Gauge, completed 186 searches last year, which included checks within Grayson County Schools.

The department investigated or assisted with 143 traffic accidents, issued 288 traffic summons and issued 47 warnings. There were 27 DUI arrests made and 10 charges placed on felons in possession of firearms, and 8 search warrants were also executed. The department recovered 5 stolen vehicles.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has also seen a dramatic increase with the number of cases that were adopted by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The department has referred cases to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Secret Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Grayson County Investigators requested the Virginia State Police to administer 3 polygraphs. Grayson deputies served 227 Emergency Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time-consuming assignments deputies completed in 2016 was the service of 16 Emergency Custody Orders with 77 cases resulting in Temporary Detention Orders (TDO’s). When a mental evaluation is completed and a TDO is issued, deputies must transport patients to St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital in Radford or Southwestern Mental Health in Marion. The average time spent on a TDO is 6 to 8 hours.

Courtesy and non-emergency services included:

Patrol deputies make an effort to check the security of every business in the county each day.  Closed business checks were conducted and 16 open buildings were found. Deputies assisted 417 stranded motorists, which included jump-starts, lock-outs, and changing spare tires.

Fire departments and rescue squads were assisted by patrol deputies in 201 incidents. The Sheriff’s Office provided traffic direction and escort services for 19 funerals. Deputies performed additional patrols in areas of the county where citizens have identified a special need. A total of 2,591 requested patrols were completed in 2016.

Sheriff Richard Vaughan is one of few shared sheriffs in Virginia. In addition to law enforcement responsibilities for the entire county, and providing deputies for court security, a shared sheriff is also responsible for the service of civil process for Grayson County and the Grayson County portion of the City of Galax.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s office is comprised of 12 patrol officers, including a Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 2 Corporals. There are 3 investigators, one Crime Prevention Specialist, 5 dispatchers, 2 courtroom security officers, one civil officer and 6 School Resource Officers. One civil clerk and one administrative secretary are also employed at the Sheriff’s office. The department has a drug detecting canine, Gauge. All sworn personnel and dispatchers are first responders, trained in CPR and first aid and have a National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification. Two personnel, including the Sheriff, have completed advanced Crime Scene Investigation training at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Academy in Richmond.

This past year the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office took over the Animal Control Division. The division works under the direction Chief ACO Jeremy Moss and is supervised by the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Control Officers work closely with Grayson County Health Department, Grayson County Treasurer’s Office, the Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The Grayson County Department of Animal Control also works with various other agencies throughout the local area, state-wide, and nationwide.

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the collaboration of both the School Board and the Board of Supervisors, we have a School Resource Officer in every school. The School Resource Officer Program places a law enforcement officer in a school full-time to provide a variety of support programs and services to the students and staff. The overall goals of the program are to maintain a safe and secure learning environment on the school campus, influence the development of positive attitudes by youth towards the law enforcement community, and to reduce juvenile crime through the use of intervention strategies, proactive policing, and networking.

In 2016, School Resource Officers received 199 calls for assistance from school personnel.  They attended 37 school events, performed 8 law-related lectures, and gave 112 individuals crime prevention resources.  SRO’s also had 2,080 juvenile contacts on issues involving bullying, school disruptions and tobacco use.   

Funding available from a Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant, allowed the Sheriff’s Office to transfer Sergeant Carner from Investigations into a full-time Crime Prevention Officer position. Carner obtained his certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist from DCJS and oversees the programs that help us to take a more proactive approach to crime in our communities. He presents safety information to newly licensed drivers, coordinates community watch groups, and conducts security assessments for banks, businesses, and homeowners.

Town of Fries Police Services Contract – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office provides police services for the Town of Fries. In 2011, the Town of Fries and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office negotiated a contract which provides 160 hours of dedicated patrol to the town. The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has been providing a minimum of 160 hours of coverage since that time. In 2016, Grayson deputies spent an average of 215 hours patrolling the Town of Fries.

Chief Deputy David Ashby – Performs mostly administrative functions at the sheriff’s office. He coordinates training for the staff, keeps deputies supplied with uniforms and equipment, and manages the fleet of vehicles. Chief Ashby is also a Forensic Science Academy graduate, Hostage Negotiator, and a General Instructor.

Karen Smith Administrative Assistant – Performs office related duties, is a certified dispatcher, and coordinates the TRIAD program for Senior Citizens and other community events.

Lieutenant Darren Barrett– Supervises the Civil Division and Courtroom Security Operations. Lt. Barrett also serves civil papers on a daily basis.

Sergeant Charles Kinzer – Courtroom Security

Sergeant Alan Graham – Court security, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor and SERT Team member

Fran Stallard – Courtroom Security, certified dispatcher, fill-in civil clerk

Susan Dolinger – Civil Clerk responsible for logging in all court issued criminal and civil papers, and greets the pubic as they enter the office.

Lieutenant Todd Perkins – Supervises the Criminal Investigations Division. Lt. Perkins is also responsible for all evidence handling and submissions to the forensics laboratory in Roanoke. Lt. Perkins in an Intermediate Level Emergency Medical Technician and was honored with the 2010 Regional award for Outstanding EMT. He is also a General Instructor and is deputized with the US Marshals Service, serves on the Virginia Search and Rescue Council.

Sergeant Doug Carner – Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and supervisor of the School Resource Division. He conducts security assessments, coordinates community watch groups, compiles grants, and assists the investigations division as needed. Carner is a Hostage Negotiator, General Instructor, and is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Investigator Cpl. Adam Horton – Narcotics Investigator, sworn with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Specialized Entry and Response Team (SERT) member, and Field Training Officer. He is a member of the Twin County Drug Task Force, and is deputized with the US Marshals Service.

Investigator Cpl. Bradley Brown– Awarded 2010 Officer of the Year by the Galax Elks Lodge, General Instructor, SERT Team member and Narcotics Investigator, sworn officer with the DEA, full time task force officer with ATF, and member of the Twin County Drug Task Force

Lieutenant Gary Hash – Patrol Division Supervisor, Certified Dispatcher and D.A.R.E. Instructor, and is also a General Instructor.

Sergeant Jeff Merilic – Supervisor Patrol Team B, SERT Team member, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Hunter Safety instructor and maintains a Master Deputy status.

Sergeant Doug Waller – Supervisor Patrol Team A, SERT Team, General Instructor and FTO

Corporal Travis Jefferson – Supervisor, General Instructor

Deputy Cody McGrady – Patrol Deputy, SERT Team

Deputy Jason Carico – Patrol Deputy, SERT Team

Deputy Jordan Johnson – Patrol, SERT Team and K-9 Handler for Gauge

Deputy Mico Davis – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Drew McCraw – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Brad Hawks – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Jeremy Moss – Chief ACO, Patrol Deputy

Deputy Seth Cutshall – Patrol Deputy, ACO

Corporal Rhonda Halsey – School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E., Sexual Assault Investigator, Hostage Negotiator, General Instructor and Master Deputy

Deputy Bobby Jones – School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E, Emergency Medical Technician and Hunter Safety instructor

Deputy Brandon Phillips School Resource Officer

Deputy Ryan Gravely – School Resource Officer

Deputy Vernon Landreth – School Resource Officer

Deputy Kevin Watson – Reserve Deputy

Jason Hawks – Part-time Court Security and SRO

Dennis Eller – Communications Supervisor and General Instructor

Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher

Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher

Brad Chambers – Dispatcher and General Instructor, part-time ACO

Justin Wooten – Dispatcher, vehicle and radio technician

Dawn Jones – Part-time Dispatcher

Tim Kirby – Part-time Dispatcher

Fries Contract

Contract Services $36,000


Grant funds awarded for FY15-16

JAG LE Block Grant Duty gear for one officer (including vest) $ 1,659
DCJS – CPO Crime Prevention Officer $ 28,200
DCJS – SRO School Resource Officer $ 28,200
DCJS – SRO School Resource Officer $ 28,200
DCJS – SRO School Resource Officer $ 28,200
DMV Grant DUI overtime (road checks) new radar units, breath test kits and training $ 17,950
Rural Development Building and Vehicle Grant $ 145,000
Total Awarded funds   $ 249, 209


Grayson County Sheriff’s Office – Drug Asset Forfeiture Funds

Local $ 3,083.61
State $ 7,296.44
Federal $ 0.00
Total Received in 2015: $10,380.05
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