Fluvanna Sheriff's Office Releases Annual Report at BOS Meeting
The Fluvanna Sheriff's Office released its annual report at the county’s Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday night. While crime is down in Fluvanna, the demand for service is up.
“The public expects certain things, our schools are expecting certain things from law enforcement and we live in a different day and different time,” said Sheriff Ryant Washington.
In 2013, the Sheriff's Office responded to 192 assaults, 15 sex offenses, 57 cases of breaking and entering or burglaries, dropping the crime rate 13 percent from the previous year. Washington credits the decrease to using best practices, training and equipment. But he also says good old fashion patrolling is one of the Sheriff’s Office’s best tactics.
"Using the word ‘patrol,’ people just lead that to riding around. Well riding around is a good thing because it creates visibility,” Washington said.
Washington also credits the crime drop to community policing and crime prevention programs.
"It's always communicating with the public to make sure they're educated, that they can do some things themselves as well,” he said.
Now, Washington says the office needs more staff to maintain the same amount of service. If the Board of Supervisors is in favor of extra funds, the Sheriff's Office will add a deputy to each shift, increasing visibility for proper zone coverage and providing extra dispatchers for service calls.
Washington says extra staff is especially important because the office's deputies spend 158 days of the year in court. Wednesday night, he also broke down what the office does in the court system and how that plays into the responsibility of the office.