News Release — Public Safety Days “All-Hands on Deck”
WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
200 SKYLINE VISTA DRIVE · FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA 22630
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