News Release — Public Safety Days “All-Hands on Deck”



Mark A. But­ler, Sher­iff


Pub­lic Safe­ty Days “All-Hands on Deck”

It’s not uncom­mon for cit­i­zens to say, “I don’t see deputies much” and not real­ize how few may be work­ing on a shift, spread out through­out the coun­ty, answer­ing calls. The real­i­ty is that we are always there, yet we can strive to be more vis­i­ble and proac­tive in the eyes of the pub­lic. Sher­iff Mark But­ler has addressed this by cre­at­ing sec­tors, which deputies are assigned to take own­er­ship of the calls and com­mu­ni­ty events that occur. In addi­tion, using data from cit­i­zen calls for ser­vice and to focus on unique com­plaints in neigh­bor­hoods (e.g., speed­ing vehi­cles, loud noise, etc.), your Sheriff’s Office is con­duct­ing peri­od­ic all-hands on deck enforce­ment peri­ods through­out the year. The pur­pose of this is to increase vis­i­bil­i­ty and respon­sive­ness to cit­i­zen con­cerns and pub­lic safe­ty issues.

An all-hands on deck oper­a­tion was con­duct­ed April 2, 2022 dur­ing a ten-hour peri­od over­lap­ping the two tra­di­tion­al staffing shifts to flood the coun­ty with deputies, that includ­ed 22 addi­tion­al deputies and 2 addi­tion­al com­mu­ni­ca­tions offi­cers to han­dle the radio traf­fic. The Sher­iff and his com­mand staff par­tic­i­pat­ed as well. Pub­lic safe­ty check points were con­duct­ed on Reliance Road at North Riv­er Road and also River­mont Dri­ve at Catlett Moun­tain Road. In addi­tion to the check points deputies served arrest war­rants, and con­duct­ed sat­u­ra­tion patrols in focus areas. Anoth­er ben­e­fit of this oper­a­tion was increased pub­lic edu­ca­tion about traf­fic laws and coun­ty codes.

By the end of the day, War­ren Coun­ty Sher­iff Office deputies had stopped 30 vehi­cles, engaged 628 vehi­cles pass­ing through the check­points, and con­duct­ed 58 safe­ty inspec­tions. The num­ber of arrests, cita­tions and warn­ings totaled 88, with three weapons seized, and one mis­de­meanor and one felony arrest (drug relat­ed). The total of traf­fic relat­ed sum­mons issued for a range of equip­ment and mov­ing vio­la­tions totaled 68 citations.

This high­ly vis­i­ble pub­lic safe­ty effort was wide­ly received by many res­i­dents, who appre­ci­at­ed see­ing deputies patrolling and enforc­ing laws in their neigh­bor­hoods. This effort will con­tin­ue at unan­nounced times through­out the year.

Approved for release on April 14, 2022: Major Jef­frey Driskill, Sr., Major