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Rick Walker
Sheriff

Address:
16441 Court Street
Amelia, VA 23002

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Rick Walker was elected Amelia County Sheriff in 2008. The Sheriff, like Sheriff's throughout the Commonwealth is one of Amelia's Constitutional Officers and is elected to serve as the County's Chief Law Enforcement Officer. The Sheriff is empowered by the Code of Virginia to appoint deputies and civilian staff to affect his charges. Law enforcement covers a broad spectrum of duties ranging from traffic management and safety to criminal investigations and the delivery of all warrants, subpoenas, summons, bill of complaints and levies. The Sheriff also manages the County's Dispatch Office for all Fire, Rescue and Police dispatches. Sheriff Walker's office is located at 16441 Court Street, Amelia Courthouse, VA 23002. The Sheriff's Office phone number is (804)561-2118.

News

Posted on: 04/23/2012 11:49 AM

AMELIA COUNTY'S SHERIFF OFFICE

JOHNNY F. BLACK SCHOLARSHIP

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

To:  Whom It May Concern:

The Amelia County Sheriff's Office established a scholarship fund to honor the late Magistrate of Amelia County Johnny F. Black.  He demonstrated and believed in honesty, integrity and high moral values.  He was always giving back to the community and believed in second chances.  He was a man who was respected by all.  Two scholarships are awarded each year to a graduate from the Amelia County High School and from the Amelia Academy.

 

We are holding a Golf Tournament to raise money for the scholarship.  The tournament will be held on May 24th at the Amelia Country Club.  Cost is $200.00 per team, lunch will be provided with all proceeds from the tournament to go to the Johnny F. Black Scholarship fund.  We hope that you and your team will join us.  Registration and other information may be obtained at the Sheriff's Office, County Administrator's Office and Amelia Country Club.

 

Sincerely

Sheriff R. L. Walker

Latest News Posted on: 04/16/2009 12:07 PM

AMELIA COUNTY 9-1-1 BEGINS NEW LIFE SAVING DISPATCH PROGRAM

(AMELIA, VA) – A call to 911 can mean the difference of life and death, but a call to 911 during a medical emergency can have a very different outcome when someone who is trained in emergency medical services (EMS) answers. This is what citizens in Amelia County will have available to them beginning Wednesday, April 15th.

Recently, all dispatch personnel working for the Sheriff’s Office completed a training course to become certified as emergency medical dispatchers (EMD.) This EMD program utilizes a series of scripted medical protocols for providing care to victims while EMS is responding.

What it means to be certified as an EMD is that you are qualified to give medical advice and direction to a person who calls 911 for help. This could include walking someone through the steps of CPR or telling them how to stop bleeding. In some cases EMDs have talked people through delivering babies and are credited with saving lives.

“We want people to be aware of what our dispatchers will be doing,” explains Sheriff Walker. “While they are asking these medical questions, the ambulance will be dispatched at the same time. In some cases this will happen with the caller still on the phone.”

When calling 9-1-1, citizens will notice a change once the EMD program begins on the 15th. Dispatch personnel currently ask only a few very basic questions to know where to send help. With the new EMD program, dispatchers will be asking a series of questions which will help them know what type of assistance the caller needs and how best to help them. Despite these questions however, the whole process will not cause a delay in receiving an ambulance.

Not only do the certified EMDs assist in the care of the patient through the phone, but they can better analyze a situation and know exactly who to dispatch to respond. In times when there is a shortage of crews with advanced life support skills, being able to appropriately dispatch the personnel who are on duty is essential.

“The two most important things we need the public to remember when dialing 9-1-1 are to remain calm and be sure to answer all of the dispatcher’s questions before hanging up the phone. No matter how insignificant the questions seem, they are all very important,” says 9-1-1 Coordinator Jason Malloy.

The week of April 12 – 19 has also been designated National Public Safety Telecommunicators week.

Information


From Rick Walker, Amelia County Sheriff

Dear Citizen and Visitors,

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the men and women of the Amelia County Sheriff Department to welcome you to our Home Page on the Amelia County Virginia Web Site. It is my hope that this service will provide each of you an additional opportunity to meet and interact with our deputies and more importantly to help form a partnership to share information and discuss community concerns, progress and if necessary crime. Together, we will find opportunities which enhance our quality of life.

It is the goal of the Amelia County Sherriff Department to enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and secure environment and, within the framework of the Constitution, the Code of Virginia and the Ordinances of Amelia County, Virginia to enforce the laws, exercise regulatory authority, and to preserve the peace while protecting the rights of all. Of course we pledge ourselves in so doing to apply at all times the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and accountability in collaboration and partnership with the entire community.

We believe that one of our primary responsibilities in Amelia is to create a partnership and cooperative relationship with all segments of our service area and therefore our Department continuously strives to establish positive lines of communication with our business community, neighboring jurisdictions, state and fellow law enforcement agencies and especially the citizens of Amelia County.

As Sheriff, I am especially proud of this Department's employees and the continuing efforts put forth by the men and women of the Amelia County Sheriff Department to help enhance the quality of life for our citizens by keeping our community a safe place to visit, live and work.
To this end, On behalf of the men and women who faithfully serve the Amelia County Sheriff Department, I would like to personally thank each of you for your continued support. I fully believe that by working together we can build a better and more prosperous tomorrow for all people within both Amelia County and the Heartlands Region.

Again thank you on behalf of myself and the Amelia County Sheriff Department and should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions my office is always open to you.

Respectfully,

Rick Walker, Amelia County Sheriff


PATROL
The Amelia County Sheriff Department is responsible for responding to all calls for service within the County limits. These calls for service run the entire gamut between major crimes, both in progress and those which have passed, to unlocking vehicle doors. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for traffic enforcement, accident investigation, business and security checks, aiding disabled or stranded motorists and travelers, enforcing all state, federal, and local laws, and serving criminal court documents.

The Amelia Sheriff Department responds to an average of 8600 calls per year. In addition, its officers issue an average of 3300 traffic summons, effects in average of 530 misdemeanor and 260 felony arrests, serve 4800 court documents, investigate an average of 70 traffic accidents, find about 25 unsecured buildings, and provide an average of 65 funeral escorts per year.
The Amelia Sheriff Department consists of 16 sworn officers, which includes the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Lieutenant, and two Sergeants.

Each officer hired by the Amelia County Sheriff Department is required to successfully complete the 21-week basic law enforcement class at Crater Criminal Justice Academy. Furthermore, each sworn officer must receive 40 hours of in-service training every two years. Officers who have special certifications (i.e. Breathalyzer, Instructor, etc.) must maintain these certifications with in-service classes every two years. Within the Department, 4 sworn officers are certified as instructors and 4 breathalyzer operators are retained. Every sworn officer with the Amelia County Sheriff Department is certified in the use of traffic RADAR and the Department tries to keep training opportunities available and open to all Deputies and civilian staff.
Amelia Deputies utilize a combination of Dodge Chargers, Crown Victoria’s and SUV’s (Ford and Dodge) to discharge their respective duties and are issued Glock 21 .45 cal. sidearms and the Mossberg 590 and Remington 870shotguns. Each Deputy must pass yearly qualifications with these weapons.

Amelia Deputies also assist neighboring County Sheriff's Offices, State Police and Town Departments in dealing with situations and calls for service which arise in areas surrounding the County on an as needed basis.
Traffic enforcement is perhaps one of the Amelia Sheriff Department’s most visible tools. Its purpose is to provide for the safe and smooth flow of traffic within the County. Through vigilant enforcement of traffic laws, through accident investigations, identification and eliminating traffic hazard and strict DUI enforcement, the Amelia Sheriff Department strives to make County roads safe for visitors and citizens alike.

Amelia Deputy's constantly seek means of reaching out into the community through personal contact, professional service, by conducting Department tours, and by conducting and arranging talks with school children as well as various civic and community organizations.

Community relations are not only very important to the Amelia County Sheriff Department but are essential to any long term success in our community and therefore each deputy strives to increase community support and collaboration on a daily basis.

For information concerning Department tours or talks, or to meet the Deputies who serve Amelia, please contact our office at (804) 561-2118 or stop by our office at 16441 Court Street.

INVESTIGATIONS


As major crimes occur in Amelia County they are assigned to the Department's investigator for handling. The Investigator’s job is to investigate such crimes as robbery, rape, theft, fraud, assaults and homicides. Other cases may also be referred as needed for investigation or review.

An investigator must be able to do many things well and have an extreme knowledge of the law and police procedures. He/she must be able to process crime scenes which include photography, sketching, fingerprinting and collection of evidence. Once evidence is collected the Investigator must know how to properly handle and package it for delivery to the State Laboratory for analysis. An Investigator must also be masterful in the skill of interviewing victims of crimes and potential witnesses and suspects.

The primary investigator for the Amelia County Sheriff Department is Ian McDonald who has been with the department since 2005. Inv McDonald is assisted by Chief Deputy Les Moler, who has been with the department since 1987. He has completed advanced training in areas of evidence collection, arson investigation, narcotic investigation, fingerprint and impression evidence collection, crime scene photography and vehicle theft investigations among others.

COMMUNICATIONS

The Communication Officers are the life line for the community and our Deputies. These officers have the initial contact with individuals in need of services and therefore must project a positive and supportive image.
Duties of a Communications Officer are broad. In addition to performing a variety of clerical and administrative tasks, the communication officer's primary responsibilities revolve around receiving vital information from the public or other law enforcement agencies concerning various emergency and non-emergency situations, and providing the information to the appropriate responding units, whether it be police, fire or rescue.

Maintaining necessary records of all in-coming calls and out-going radio communications also fall under the responsibilities of the communication's personnel. These records can at times provide key information pertaining to cases under investigation and many times are used in a Court of Law as evidence.

At times the job of the communications officer becomes very stressful. Many times a call is received from someone in a crisis situation in immediate need of a police, fire or rescue unit. As such the officer must be able to calm the person so the necessary information can be obtained such as, the nature of the problem, the address or directions to the scene, whether or not weapons are involved, etc. The officer must then effectively pass the information to responding units.
The safety of all Deputies involved in emergency situations fall on the shoulders of the communications officer. The communications officer knows that if a Deputy calls for assistance, it could be a life or death situation and he/she must know where and how to get immediate help for the Deputy or Public Safety Personnel.
The communications center receives and dispatches an average of 9700 calls per year and dispatch approximately 260 fire calls and 1254 first- aid calls per year.
To be a communications officer an individual must successfully complete intensive on the job training, 40 hours of VCIN / NCIN computer operators course and 40 hours of academy based basic dispatcher's school.
It takes a special type of person to be a communications officer. They must be alert, level-headed and above all quick thinking. These men and women are professionals and take pride in performing their jobs to the best of their abilities.

ADMINISTRATION

Because of various job duties performed in the communications center, there needs to be someone to oversee all activities of the 911 Dispatch Center and in Amelia County that person is Sgt Abraham J. Redman.
Sgt. Redman was appointed to this position on 2008. Sgt Redman has been with the Sheriff Department since 1995 when he volunteered as an Auxiliary Deputy and then hired as a Communications Officer. In 1996 he was hired as a patrol deputy.

PROGRAMS

The following programs are currently available or being implemented by the Amelia County Sheriff Department. Please contact Sheriff Rick Walker at (804) 561-2118 for additional information.

Bicycle Safety - This program is designed to teach six to ten-year-old children the importance of riding a bicycle safely on our town streets. Through discussion the children learn the "rules of the road" to help them become safe riders. A separate Bicycle Rodeo Program is also available. The Bicycle Rodeo is designed as a practical exercise to reinforce the safety skills learned in the classroom. Bicycle safety helmets are available for use during the Bicycle Rodeo.

Business Watch - This program is designed to get businesses involved in working together on programs of mutual assistance to prevent crime. The businesses are trained to recognize and report to the police suspicious activities that occur in their business community.

Drug Recognition/Prevention Program - This program provides young people with information on the dangers and consequences of using/selling illegal drugs or alcohol. Classroom discussions allow the youth to become acquainted with the different types of drugs that are more prevalent in our society and what to do if they do encounter these illegal drugs or alcohol. The program also discusses many of the laws that apply to the control and sale of alcohol and drugs. The contents of this program can focus on either drugs or alcohol if a specific area of interest is desired.

Fingerprinting - This program assists the parents of young children in establishing a permanent record of their child's fingerprints. The record would be available to law enforcement should the child become lost or reported missing. Officers assist in taking children's fingerprints which are placed on a fingerprint card and given to the parent or guardian.

Good Morning Amelia - This program provides contact with elderly citizens and checks on their well-being to assist them with needs that may arise. The persons are contacted every morning and are urged to call us if we can be of further assistance.

Gun Safety - This program is designed to teach children about the dangers of firearms and the importance of not playing with guns. The children are also taught what steps they should take if they ever find or encounter a firearm while playing. The main emphasis of this program is to make children realize that firearms are not toys and under no circumstances should they play with them.

Halloween Safety - This program is primarily offered to individuals and civic groups during the month of October. The program emphasizes Halloween Safety by educating the public on how to dress and prepare their children for the potential dangers that are encountered during the Halloween season.

Holiday Safety - This program is provided to the public and civic groups during the months of November and December. Officers provide personal safety tips geared specifically for the holiday season. Topics included are Safe shopping tips, Safe pending practices, increased awareness etc.

McGruff - Through the use of a McGruff Crime Dog outfit, a Crime Prevention Officer dresses up as McGruff and interacts with young children. Police sticker badges and coloring books are passed out to the children in order to promote a positive attitude toward law enforcement. This is a program that we are planning to implement in the future.

Public Safety Center Tours - A guided tour of the Amelia County Sheriff Department provides children an opportunity to view the varied work of a County Sheriff Department. The tour begins with an opportunity for the children to ask questions of the Deputies about what an Amelia Deputy does, as well as giving children the opportunity of dealing with Law Enforcement personnel in a positive manner.

School Resource Officer (SRO) – The SRO program was implemented August 1, 2008. The program strives for student excellence by having full time experienced deputies stationed in both the Amelia County Middle and the Amelia County High School. The deputies are there not only to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth but to assist the school administration and other employees in securing and maintaining a healthy and conducive school environment. To this end one of the primary responsibilities of our SRO officers is to interact with the students in and outside of the classroom so that when needed we can intervene and help some at risk kids and help them to make better choices. The program was initiated through a collaboration of the Amelia County Public Schools (Dr. David Gangel, Superintendent, Amelia County, Thomas Harris, County Administrator, the Amelia County Sheriffs Office, Rick Walker, Sheriff and the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services who graciously provided the initial grant funding for these two important positions.

Security Survey: Business - A business security survey is an assessment of the business's existing security application by an officer. The Deputy will point out to the business owner potential problem areas in the building's physical security in an attempt to reduce the possibility of a sore break-in. Deputies also discuss cash management, making bank deposits, and address several safety concerns that a business owner faces while opening and closing their business.

Security Survey: Residential - This program is designed to provide the home owner with an overall view of the physical security of their home and property. Deputies work with the home owner to identify potential problem areas at their residence, both inside and out, that could be inviting to a criminal. The Deputy will discuss the different types of locks and burglar alarms available, and how to utilize interior and exterior lighting to deter the common criminal.

ANIMAL CONTROL

Although a separate Department in Amelia County, the Sheriff Department assists in Animal Control by receiving and dispatching information to the County’s two Animal Control Officers and on occasion Deputies assist in responding to citizen calls and complaints.

The Sheriff Department receives an average of approximately 6 animal emergency calls for service for bites, animals attacking livestock, stray livestock etc. Other complaints of a non-emergency nature are referred to the Animal Control Office during business hours. These calls may include such things as dogs running at large, capturing wild cats and alleged cruelty cases. In Amelia, there are laws requiring dogs to be vaccinated by the time they are 6 months old and dogs must be licensed every year. Animals which are captured are taken to the Amelia County Animal Shelter. Dogs are held at the shelter for 10 days then placed up for adoption to the public. Cats are kept for a maximum of 7 days. The shelter can be reached at (804) 561- 3878.

The main purpose for Animal Control in Amelia County is to ensure that people are safe from animals and that animals are both safe and are being properly taken care for. Additionally, a leash law within certain areas of Amelia County requires that dogs must be restrained from running at large in public areas and under the control of their respective owners.

Questions concerning Animal Control matters may be directed to the Amelia County Animal Control Department at (804) 561-3878 or to the Animal Control Office on the Amelia County Home Page.

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Rick Walker,
Amelia County Sheriff

Phone: 804-561-2118
FAX: 804-561-2269