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Clarke County Sheriff's Office
100 North Church Street
Berryville, Virginia 22611-1110

Telephone 540-955-1234
Facsimile 540-955-4111
 

 

 

 

VA Sheriff's Magizine Article

The Northwest Virginia Regional Search and Rescue Task Force (NVRSRTF)

CommandVanNorthwest Virginia law enforcement agencies have a new tool for locating missing persons as well as supporting criminal investigations. The Northwest Virginia Regional Search and Rescue Task Force (NVRSRTF) was created in May of 2014 to support Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren County Sheriff Offices.

The NVRSRTF was the original idea of Sheriff Robert Williamson, Frederick County. Sheriff Williamson met with Sheriffs Roper, Fox, Carter and McEathron and began discussing the need for a regional task force to support both missing person searches as well as providing resources to support the member agencies with criminal investigations. The U.S. Marshal Service joined the task force as an affiliated member to provide electronic support.

The NVRSRTF is made up of sworn deputies who are trained in Search and Rescue (SAR) as well as sworn deputies who are certified man-­‐trackers. The NVRSRTF has two main objectives. The first is to provide sworn SandR2personnel to assist in locating missing persons filling the gap between the identification of the missing subject and the time when volunteer resources can arrive from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). There is generally a time gap between when a person is identified as missing and when trained civilian SAR resources can safely arrive on scene. The second mission of the task force is to provide sworn personnel, also certified as law enforcement man-­‐trackers, to support the apprehension of criminal subjects and to support other criminal investigations.

The NVRSRTF is available as a resource to other law enforcement agencies, non-­‐member agencies, on a case by case basis. When requested support will be provided to other law enforcement agencies based upon the individual availability of member agency personnel.

To date the task force has responded to approximately 20 different missions ranging from missing persons to homicide.

SandR3The task force trains approximately one Friday per month for a minimum of eight hours. In-­‐service hours are provided via the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy – Middletown campus. Task force tracking training is provided by the Appalachian Professional Tracking Group (APTG) in accordance with the methodology of Blue Line Tracking, LLC. Task force training is open to other law enforcement agencies based upon the availability of instructors. SAR training is provided to NVRSRTF by VDEM.

 

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2014 ANNUAL REPORT

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT


The mission of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is to provide for a safe community through customer service based policing. We will achieve this mission through Professionalism, Respect, and Ethical Service.

 

2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

 

In 2014, the Sheriff’s Office began the long overdue renovations to 100 North Church Street. Our communication’s equipment was upgraded with additional radio channels. The office was able to use forfeited funds, versus tax-payer funding, to purchase needed equipment. New mobile data terminals, a new vehicle for the School Resource Officer, and bullet resistant vests make up a partial list of these purchases. Our office continues to improve our training with a great deal of attention focused on skills training.

 

2015 GOALS

 

 

In 2015, our office will be assessed for re-accreditation in the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Commission. Our Emergency Communications Center will install the Powerphone Total Response program which includes emergency medical, fire, and law enforcement dispatch. Our office will continue to improve our ability to provide physical security in the Court complex, and assist in the security of our schools.

 

2014 STATISTICS

 

Calendar Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Civil Process (Subpoenas, Custody Orders, etc.)

3,073

3,353

3,389

3,391

3,498

Calls for Service (Sheriff’s Office)

11,795

12,221

11,981

9,250

9,340

Motor Vehicle Accidents with Property Damage

277

222

336

227

464

Motor Vehicle Accidents with Personal Injury

103

37

91

47

64

Traffic Stops

5,358

5,645

3,691

4,132

4,415

Calls for Service (911 Emergency Services)

20,477

24,452

17,775

16,121

16,855

 

2014 ARRESTS


Calendar Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Juvenile

42

54

55

76

62

Adult

415

391

335

306

273

Total

457

445

390

382

335

 

 

 

 

 

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