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Get to Know Rappahannock County Lieutenant Janie Jenkins, 2023 VSA Dispatcher of the Year: A Women’s History Month Feature

As we commemorate Women’s History Month, it’s essential to recognize the invaluable contributions of women in every profession, including those often behind the scenes. In this special feature, we highlight Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Janie Jenkins, 2023 Dispatcher of the Year Award Recipient, who sheds light on her vital role in safeguarding her community and…


Get to Know Salem Sheriff April Staton: Women’s History Month Feature

In celebration of Women’s History Month, VSA shines a spotlight on Salem Sheriff April Staton, a trailblazing leader in Virginia’s law enforcement community. Breaking barriers and defying stereotypes, Sheriff Staton embodies the spirit of resilience and empowerment. Join us as we explore her remarkable journey, from her pioneering achievements to her enduring commitment to serving…




Prospective VSI membership letters to be mailed in February 2024

In response to the need for improved, widespread public safety awareness and to assist local sheriffs in protecting the lives and property of citizens throughout Virginia, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) has announced a campaign that encourages Commonwealth of Virginia residents to become ‘Associate’ and ‘Business’ members of the VSI. Membership appeals will be mailed…


Sheriffs Express Appreciation

By Mr. John W. Jones, Executive Director The VSA is appreciative of the initiatives that were included in the final budget adopted by the General Assembly and made effective in December 2023. The raises included 7% across the board, a targeted compression raises for sworn officers and addressed the salaries of the principal officer by…



Statement on Israel Conflict from the National Sheriffs’ Association

Washington, DC, October 12, 2023 – The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) today denounced in the strongest of terms the inhumane, criminal and unprovoked attack against the people and institutions of Israel by the terror group Hamas. Also, NSA is calling for a day of vigilance and honor on Friday October 13, 2023. Casualty reports from Israel demonstrate…


Behavioral and Mental Health director & team awarded for drug-awareness initiative

Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office’s Behavioral and Mental Health Director Kerri Rhodes and her team were recognized at the Eastern District of Virginia Public Service Awards ceremony for their extraordinary service. Their “Silent No More” program is a powerful, multi-faceted, and relatable drug-awareness initiative presented to schools and communities to educate on the invisible dangers of…


Virginia Sheriffs’ Association elects new officers for 2023-24

The members of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association elected new officers for 2023-24 in Virginia Beach during the VSA Fall Conference. The following sheriffs were elected to the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors as officers and board members: 2023-3024 VSA Board of Directors President: Sheriff L. W. “Lenny” Millholland, Frederick County Immediate Past President: Sheriff…


Hampton Sheriff’s Office Mourns the Passing of Deputy William Bell

On behalf of Sheriff K. E. Bowden and the entire Hampton Sheriff’s Office, we would like to express our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family on the passing of our beloved brother. Deputy Bell joined the Hampton Sheriff’s Office in 2022 and was assigned to the Court Services Division and later, the Transportation Unit.…


Passing of Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles “Chuckie” T. Burgdorf

With much sadness, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association joins the Rockbridge County and City of Lexington Sheriff’s Office in sharing the news of the death of Deputy Charles “Chuckie” T. Burgdorf. At age 56 he lost a hard fought battle against cancer and passed away Wednesday morning. Chuckie began his career with the Lexington Police Department…