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Annual Report




Grayson County Sheriff’s Office


2013 Annual Report


 


In addition to deputies responding to 5,696 calls for service, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had a busy year in 2013 with 5,618 warrants served (1,018 criminal and 4,600 civil).  The department recorded 294 felony charges in Investigations alone.  Drug arrests were at 123 with a total of 63 charges.  Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 55.


 


Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9 completed 199 searches last year, which included Independence Middle School, Grayson County High School and the CATE Center.


 


The department investigated or assisted with 166 traffic accidents, issued 320 traffic summons and issued 92 warnings. There were 18 DUI arrests made and 18 charges placed on felons in possession of firearms. Thirty-one search warrants were also executed. The department recovered 17 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 7 polygraphs.  Grayson deputies served 80 Emergency Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time-consuming assignments deputies completed in 2013 was the service of 64 Emergency Custody Orders with 41 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 nightly.  22,263 closed business checks were conducted and 27 open buildings were found.  Deputies assisted 471 stranded motorists which included jump-starts, lock-outs, and changing spare tires.  Fire departments and rescue squads were assisted by patrol deputies in 168 incidents.


The Sheriff’s Office provided traffic direction and escort services for 43 funerals.


Deputies performed additional patrols in areas of the county where citizens have identified a special need – a total of 2,421 requested patrols were completed in 2013.


 


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 programs that help us 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. 


 


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.


Sergeant Charles Kinzer - Courtroom Security.


Deputy Joshua Catron – 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.


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 and is a General Instructor and SERT Team member.  


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. instructor, Sexual Assault Investigator, Hostage Negotiator, General Instructor and Master Deputy.


Deputy Bobby Jones – School Resource Officer, 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


Joshua Catron – Court Security


Jason Hawks – Reserve Deputy


Dennis Eller – Communications Supervisor and General Instructor.


Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher


Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher


Brad Chambers – Dispatcher and General Instructor.


Tim Wall – Dispatcher


Justin Wooten – Part-time Dispatcher


Dawn Jones – Part-time Dispatcher


Grant funds awarded for FY13-14


 


JAG LE Block Grant

Duty gear for one officer (including vest)

$2,490

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

$22,356

Rural Housing

Vehicle Grant

$33,400

LEPMG

Radio equipment

$15,000

Attorney General Funds

2 – 4WD vehicles,

communications and mobile devices, guns and equipment

$106,956

Total Awarded funds

 

$268,802


 


 










 


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