Rockingham County deputies taking over for Massanutten police in November

Rockingham County deputies taking over for Massanutten police in November
Massanutten Police (Source: WHSV)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be taking over for the Massanutten Police Department in early November.

The Massanutten Police Department posted on Twitter that it has been defunded and will cease operations on Nov. 2.

Earlier in the summer, the Massanutten Property Owners Association voted to have the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office provide law enforcement for their area.

The board’s president said in a statement back in July that as a private police force, the Massanutten Police Department does not have sovereign immunity. She said their only protection if they are sued is liability insurance. If something were to happen and the award exceeded the insurance amount, those suing could file a claim against any and all assets owned by the Massanutten Property Owners Association.

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson told WHSV Monday that once the police department closes on Nov. 2, deputies will be the primary law enforcement provider.

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