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Sheriff Office

The Sheriff is a Constitutional Officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is elected by the citizens of Northampton County to serve as their chief law enforcement officer. To discharge this duty, he is empowered by the Code of Virginia to appoint deputies and civilian staff to affect his charges. The Sheriff's Office is comprised of law enforcement and the county jail. The law enforcement division, as described here, is the single largest unit in the Sheriff's Office. The role of law enforcement is varied and covers a broad spectrum of activities. Typical tasks include preventive patrol, responding to calls for service, detection and arrest of suspected offenders, traffic management and traffic safety, criminal investigations, reducing drug related crimes, and serving of civil process. The civil process portion includes delivery of all warrants, subpoenas, summons, bills of complaint, detinue actions, levies and other such notices.

The Sheriff's Office dispatches for all of the county deputies, the Town of Exmore and the Town of Cape Charles. They also relay calls to Virginia Marine Resource Officers, Game Wardens, Animal Wardens, and State Park.

GOALS

  1. Support the citizens in the pursuit of their freedoms, rights and privileges as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States by enforcing the law, codes and statutes of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the County of Northampton.
  2. Use whatever resources are available in as fiscally prudent a manner as possible to provide for the areas of responsibility of the Sheriff's Office.

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