The Sheriff's Office as a whole is made up of several departments. Each department has its own indispensable and very unique purpose. However, they are all intricately woven together to provide service, protection and safety to our citizens.


Administrative Staff Specialist

The Administrative Staff Specialist performs a variety of duties to support the Sheriff and staff as well as acts as a liaison with other county offices and outside agencies:

  • Participates in the development of budget proposals for operations under the supervision of the Sheriff.
  • Composes memorandums, correspondence and reports as needed.
  • Answers inquiries from the general public, providing information based on knowledge of office programs, procedures and activities; may refer media representatives or pose their inquiries to proper officials.
  • Provides information to media or public as appropriate.
  • Participates in routine matters affecting office personnel, such as recruiting, interviewing, and training of Communications Officers.
  • Maintains accurate personnel records.
  • Perform any other duties as needed or as requested by the Sheriff or his designee.
Office Secretary

The Office Secretary:

  • Greets visitors, ascertains nature of business, assists and directs visitors to appropriate staff.
  • Processes mail and faxes sent to the office and distributes information accordingly.
  • Communicates all necessary information to the appropriate contacts.
  • Receives, documents and return service on all civil papers.
  • Performs light bookkeeping duties which includes processing and maintaining records of fees collected, invoices and petty cash fund.
  • Maintains accurate vehicle records as well as handles office bills for processing.
  • Perform any other duties as needed or as requested by the Sheriff or his designee.

Civil Processors

Civil Processors
Civil Processors are responsible for the service of legal process, such as summons, subpoena's, complaints and court orders. In addition, this position is responsible for enforcement of court orders such as property seizures and evictions.

Communications Office

Communications Office
Emergency 911 Communications Officer
An Emergency 911 Communications Officer can be defined as the link between the public and emergency service personnel, the first point of contact and the life line and the heart of the Sheriff's Office. If communication breaks down, many lives could be in danger.

Communication Officers perform a full range of radio and telephone operational duties in a 24-hour facility. Communications Officers are required to process and prioritize incoming emergency and non-emergency calls for law enforcement, fire and medical assistance. They are required to monitor several radio channels and update emergency responder logs in the computer-aided dispatch system. They also operate a variety of other communications equipment, including a mapping system and Com Link.

Communications Officers are also trained in Emergency Medical Dispatch, a program designed to assist in giving lifesaving instructions in a medical emergency. Communications Officers are also responsible for maintaining criminal warrant files, emergency protective orders and stolen item records in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)/Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) system.

Court Security Officers

Court Security Officers
Court Security Officers are responsible for maintaining order, security, and dignity in the court buildings and in the courtrooms. Duties include the protection of judges, jurors, courtroom participants and the general public.


Investigators are responsible for investigating crimes against people, and the theft and vandalism of property, with the desire to solve or prevent crimes. The Patrol Deputy usually conducts a preliminary investigation before delivering a summary of the facts to the investigator. 

The investigator interviews witnesses, victims and suspected offenders. The investigator directs the collection of physical and forensic evidence at the scene of the crime and then presents their results to the Sheriff and the Commonwealth Attorney.

Patrol Deputy

Patrol Deputy
Sheriff's deputies enforce state law and local ordinances within the county. Their duties include responding to various criminal and civil complaints and enforcement of traffic laws. Deputies patrol the county and investigate any questionable activity they observe. These deputies also have training and certifications in specialized areas such as:

  • Active Shooter
  • Child Safety Seats
  • Field Training Officer
  • First Responder Operations in Rural Terrain
They also provide many non-criminal services such as vehicle unlocks, business and residential property checks.

School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program was implemented in 2008. The program was initiated through a collaboration of the Amelia County Sheriff's Office, Amelia County Public Schools, Amelia County Board of Supervisors, and the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). DCJS provided the initial grant funding for two SRO positions which were placed in the High School and Middle School. A third SRO position was granted in 2013 for the elementary school.

The program strives for student safety by having full time experienced deputies stationed in the schools. The deputies are there to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and to assist the school administration and other employees in securing and maintaining a healthy and productive school environment. One of the primary responsibilities of our SRO officers is to interact with the students in and outside of the classroom in a positive way so that when needed we can intervene and help at risk kids and help them to make better choices.

Elementary School
In the elementary school the SRO introduces to students the basic duties of a law enforcement officer. This is done by showing students a police officer is a trustworthy person who can be approached when they are scared or in need to help. Some of the classes with the SRO will teach in the elementary school are "Stranger Danger," "Identifying Bad (Poisonous) Labels," and "Calling 911 for Help."

Middle School
When students move to the middle school the SRO focuses more on social behavior and students start to discover their social circles. The SRO in the middle school will focus their teachings on "Anti-bullying," "Dealing with Peer Pressure," "Good Touch and Bad Touch," and "The Health Risks of Tobacco, Marijuana, and Alcohol."

High School
When students enter the high school the SRO focuses their efforts on the more serious issues facing today's teenagers. Through the Virginia Rules program the SRO instructs students on the legal process, the different types of crimes, and the consequences of those crimes. The SRO will educate students on the dangers of "Drinking and Driving," the dangers of "hardcore" drugs such as heroin, meth, and cocaine, along with issues including sexual assault and sexual harassment