King William County Sheriff Jeff Walton presented his Annual Report on February 14 to the Board of Supervisors, giving an overview of 2021 that was extremely successful.
Walton had high praise for the men and women in his department who “serve with integrity, compassion, fairness, and professionalism.” He noted these are the core values of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Mission Statement noted in the report says, “The King William Sheriff’s Office is a progressive agency, which is committed to providing the highest level of public safety to all County residents and guests. This will be accomplished by being proactive in crime prevention; to fairly and impartially enforce local, state and federal laws; to be continually interactive with all aspects of our community; and to maintain irreproachable professionalism, respect, fairness, and integrity by all personnel.”
Major Work Plan Initiatives completed in 2021 include:
- Became a fully accredited law enforcement agency.
- Replaced failing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), allowing all patrol deputies to be issued life saving devices.
- Replaced all mobile data terminals (MDTs) to allow deputies to receive real time dispatch information and allow for remote incident reporting.
- Implemented Text to 9-1-1.
- All 9-1-1 Communications Officers were trained to the level of Emergency Medical dispatchers.
- Began meeting with regional partners regarding the implementation of the Marcus Alert Protocols (mental health response).
- Completed build-out of existing courthouse wing to allow space for juror selection and jury trial overflow. The area will also allow for training and meeting room space.
Looking ahead, 2022 initiatives include:
- Continuing to meet all Accreditation standards from the Virginia Professional Law Enforcement Standards Commission.
- Strengthening in-house and regional training for all divisions.
- Increasing the number of Deputies training in Crisis Intervention to handle cases involving the mentally ill.
- Collaborating and updating dispatching protocols for Fire & EMS emergencies with King William Fire & EMS.
- Creating a level of consistency within the Emergency Communications Center by developing a local training program with emphasis on addressing specific local operational response guidelines.
- Continuing to meet all mandated Marcus Alert protocol requirements.
Congratulations to Sheriff Walton and the men and women in his department. Visit the Sheriff’s Office website to read the full Annual Report.
Expansion of National Night Out
in the Works for Public Safety Personnel
The Sheriff’s Office and Department of Fire & EMS are looking to expand National Night Out activities in various communities.
National Night Out, held throughout the nation on the first Tuesday in August, is a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and enhances the relationship between neighbors and local government while bringing back a true sense of community. The night also focuses heavily on youth interacting with law enforcement personnel to promote a “respect, not fear” relationship.
This year’s event will be Tuesday, August 2. The King William Ruritan Club has done a great job over the years hosting an event at its facility off Route 30. Along with the Ruritans, public safety personnel will be reaching out to property owner associations, businesses, churches, and individuals who would like to host an event in their neighborhoods.
Please contact Liz Bartol at King William County Fire & EMS at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Sheriff’s Office (804-769-0999) if your neighborhood is interested in hosting an event. Learn more about National Night Out at natw.org.
KWHS Raises Funds for One of Their Own
An expression of love and support was given on February 21 when King William High School raised money for Micah Coffin, a 10th grade student who is battling brain cancer.
A basketball game featuring Students vs. Staff was held. In addition to the admission fees, funds were raised by the sale of t-shirts, bracelets, gray cancer ribbon pins, charity beard and head shaving, and a “pie a principal ticket. Superintendent David White was on the back-end of that activity.
All proceeds were donated to Micah and his family to help offset medical expenses. Thanks to all who opened their hearts and wallets. Read the article in yesterday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch for more information about Micah and his family.
Forest Pro Looking to Expand & Fill Positions
Forest Pro is looking to add a new location in Manquin and are searching for a few hard-working individuals to add to the team.
The company is looking for a Service Manager, Parts Manager, and Parts Specialist/Receptionist.
If interested, visit forestproinc.com for more information. .Thanks to the Country Courier for providing the details.