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Annual Report

Grayson County Sheriff’s Office

2012 Annual Report

 

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had a busy year in 2012 answering 4,388 calls for service, 6,439 warrants served (1,179 criminal and 5,260 civil).  The department recorded 129 felony charges in Investigations alone.  Drug arrests were at up again this year with 215 charges on 55 defendants.  Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 84.

 

Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9 Gauge completed 297 searches last year, which included Independence Middle School, Grayson County High School and the CATE Center.

 

The department investigated 176 traffic accidents, issued 346 traffic summons and issued 97 warnings. There were 17 DUI arrests made and 10 charges placed on felons in possession of firearms. Twenty-eight search warrants were also executed. The department recovered 10 stolen vehicles.

 

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has also referred a number of cases to 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 and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

 

Grayson County Investigators requested the Virginia State Police to administer 9 polygraphs.  Grayson deputies served 83 Emergency Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time consuming assignments deputies completed in 2012 was the service of 105 Emergency Custody Orders with 48 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 check the security of every business in the county every night – 23,549 closed business checks were conducted and 20 open buildings were found

564 motorists were assisted

185 incidents where deputies assisted fire departments and rescue squads

The Sheriff’s Office provided escorts to 44 funerals

Deputies performed additional patrols in areas of the county where citizens have identified a special need – a total of 2,099 requested patrols were completed in 2012

 

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 11 patrol officers, including 2 Sergeants and 2 Corporals. There are 4 investigators, 5 dispatchers, 3 courtroom security officers, and 2 civil officers. One civil clerk and one administrative secretary are also employed at the Sheriff’s office. The department has a drug detecting canine, Gage. All sworn personnel and dispatchers are first responders, trained in CPR and first aid and NIMS (National Incident Management System) certification.  Two personnel, including the Sheriff; have completed advanced crime scene investigation training at the Virginia Forensic Science Academy in Richmond.

 

Chief Deputy Tim Sawyer – Performs mostly administrative functions at the sheriff’s office.  Supervisor for the Patrol Division, coordinates training for the staff and keeps deputies supplied with uniforms and equipment, and manages the fleet of vehicles.  Sawyer is also a certified instructor in firearms, radar, driving, and active shooter situations.  He is also the Commander of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and also assigned to the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.  Sawyer was awarded 2010 Officer of the Year by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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

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

Corporal Gene Bowers – Serves Civil papers on a daily basis and transports prisoners from other jurisdictions, including out of state prisoners to Grayson County Courts.

Sergeant Charles Kinzer, and Deputies Dana Littlefield and Stacy Osborne are part-time personnel who provide courtroom security.

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 David Ashby – Supervises the Criminal Investigations Division.  Ashby is also a Forensic Science Academy graduate and is responsible for processing all major crime scenes.  Lt. Ashby is also responsible for all evidence handling and submissions to the forensics laboratory in Roanoke.  Lt. Ashby is also assigned to the Twin County Drug Task Force.

Sergeant Doug Carner – Supervises the School Resource Officers.  He compiles grants, works sexual assault and white collar crimes, and performs general investigations as well.  Carner is a General Instructor at the Southwest Criminal Justice Training Academy. Carner is a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and is assigned to Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Investigator Todd Perkins- Performs general investigations.  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 at the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.

Investigator Adam Horton – Drug Enforcement, SERT Team and K-9 Handler, Field Training Officer, Twin County Drug Task Force, and assigned to the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force

Sergeant Gary Hash – Patrol B Team Supervisor, DARE Certified Instructor, and dispatch certified

Corporal Jeff Merilic - Supervisor, SERT Team and Firearms Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, and Hunter Safety Instructor, Master Deputy

Sergeant Arnold Peters – Patrol A Team Supervisor, SERT Team, Field Training Officer, and General Instructor

Corporal Alan Graham – Patrol - General Instructor and SERT Team

Deputy Cody McGrady – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Eric Testerman- Patrol, SERT Team and K-9 Handler for Gage

Deputy Doug Waller – Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, General Instructor      

Deputy Stefan Killon – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Travis Jefferson – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Bradley Brown- Patrol, General Instructor - Awarded 2010 Officer of the Year by the Galax Elks Lodge

Deputy Jason Carico – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Rhonda Halsey – School Resource Officer, DARE, Crime Prevention, Sexual Assault Investigations, Hostage Negotiator and Master Deputy.

Deputy Bobby Jones – School Resource Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, DARE Instructor, Hunter Safety Instructor      

Deputy Kevin Watson – School Resource Officer

Deputy Jim Winterburn – Reserve Deputy

Deputy Jordan Johnson – Reserve Deputy

Dennis Eller – Communications Supervisor, General Instructor

Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher

Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher

Brad Chambers – Dispatcher, General Instructor

Tim Wall – Dispatcher, Radio Technician

Justin Wooten – Part-time Dispatcher

 

 

 





 


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