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Annual Report




Grayson County Sheriff’s Office

2014 Annual Report

 

Grayson County Deputies had a busy year in 2014, responding to 5,669 calls for service, and served 6,253 warrants (1,145 criminal and 5,108 civil).  Deputies and investigators combined for 93 drug arrests. Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 54.

 

Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9 Gauge completed 42 searches last year, which included checks at Independence Middle School, Grayson County High School and the CATE Center.

The department investigated or assisted with 171 traffic accidents, issued 346 traffic summons and issued 51 warnings. There were 39 DUI arrests made and 6 charges placed on felons in possession of firearms. Thirty-six 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 5 polygraphs.  Grayson deputies served 132 Emergency Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time-consuming assignments deputies completed in 2014 was the service of 75 Emergency Custody Orders with 28 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 8 to 10 hours.  


Courtesy and non-emergency services included:

Patrol deputies make an effort to check the security of every business in the county each day.  22,220 closed business checks were conducted and 36 open buildings were found.  Deputies assisted 452 stranded motorists which included, jump-starts, lock-outs, and changing spare tires.

Fire departments and rescue squads were assisted by patrol deputies in 250 incidents.  The Sheriff’s Office provided traffic direction and escort services for 39 funerals.  Deputies performed additional patrols in areas of the county where citizens have identified a special need.  A total of 2,742 requested patrols were completed in 2014.

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 a Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 2 Corporals. There are 3 investigators, one Crime Prevention Specialist, 5 dispatchers, 3 courtroom security officers, and one civil officer. 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.

 

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. 

 

Due to the increasing threats to our children’s safety, the School Resource Officer program was expanded in order to provide an SRO to every school in the county.  In addition to providing an armed deterrent to crimes against our most valuable resource, SRO’s teach a wide variety of law-related courses.  These courses include Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), Virginia Rules, and Eddie Eagle.  SRO’s partner with the students to save lives through YOVASO (Youth Of Virginia Speak Out about traffic safety).  SRO’s partnered with the school administration in order to prevent truancy.  They have hosted ten Child ID events where parents have the opportunity to compile critical information about their child into an easy to access and easy to store format.  SRO’s host Child Safety Seat events where they inspect for proper installation and provide traffic safety information to parents.  Additionally, SRO’s have made contact with students 2,949 times this year.  These contacts range from counseling a juvenile about issues such as bullying to intervening in cases of abuse or neglect. 

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.

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

Deputy Joshua Catron – Provides courtroom security, civil paper service, and transports prisoners from other jurisdictions, including out of state prisoners to Grayson County Courts.

Sergeant Charles Kinzer - 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 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 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 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 A, SERT Team member, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor and maintains a Master Deputy status

Sergeant Alan Graham – Supervisor Patrol Team B, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor and SERT Team member

Corporal Doug Waller -Supervisor, General Instructor and Field Training Officer           

Corporal Travis Jefferson – Supervisor, General Instructor

Deputy Cody McGrady – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Eric Testerman - Patrol, SERT Team and K-9 Handler for Gauge, and Field Training Officer

Deputy Jason Carico – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Jim Winterburn –Patrol Deputy

Deputy Jordan Johnson – Patrol Deputy

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        

Deputy Kevin Watson – School Resource Officer

Deputy Brian Cline - School Resource Officer

Deputy Mico Davis –School Resource Officer

Deputy Brandon Phillips – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Brad Hawks – Patrol Deputy

Deputy Chase Thomas – Court Security

 

Dennis Eller – Communications Supervisor and General Instructor

Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher

Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher

Brad Chambers – Dispatcher and General Instructor

Justin Wooten – Part-time Dispatcher

Dawn Jones – Part-time Dispatcher

Tim Kirby – Part-time Dispatcher




Grant funds awarded for FY14-15

 

JAG LE Block Grant

Duty gear for one officer (including vest)

$2,250

DCJS - CPO

Crime Prevention 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

$19,950

Attorney General

Triad grant for Senior Citizens

$2,500

Total Awarded funds

$109,300

 

 

Grayson County Sheriff’s Office – Drug Asset Forfeiture Funds

Local

$6,530.81

State

$5,791.98

Total Received in 2014:

$12,322.79

 

 






 


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