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 Sellers August 2012

 

Virginia Traffic Safety Officer of the Year

On August 14, 2012 at the Virginia Chiefs of Police Conference, Augusta County Sergeant James “Monty” Sellers was honored as the Virginia Traffic Safety Officer of the Year. This prestigious award was in recognition of his traffic safety initiatives here in Augusta County.

Recognized for his exceptional leadership and dedication to the promotion of traffic safety in Virginia, Sergeant Sellers was recently awarded the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police "Traffic Safety Officer of the Year for 2011." Sergeant Sellers is a thirty one year veteran of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and he is the Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

He has been our main advocate for traffic safety since 2004. Monty supervises our Radar and DUI enforcement programs, coordinates all of our traffic safety grant and enforcement campaigns and he supervises all of our checkpoints, saturation patrols and virtually every aspect of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office’s traffic safety program. Monty has been a strong advocate of traffic safety and he has built an award winning traffic safety program that has drastically reduced the number of fatal collisions in Augusta County.

Additionally, due to his efforts Augusta County has made occupant protection a top priority and Monty’s efforts at promoting and organizing state and national occupant protection initiatives have led to an award winning seatbelt usage rate in Augusta County. Monty is the public face of traffic safety for the Sheriff’s Office and as such he constantly promotes traffic safety initiatives, speaks to the public about enforcement and prevention and he has designed and implemented local campaigns that are directed at students, which promote safe driving, seatbelt usage and zero tolerance for DUI offenses.

 

  Blood Drive

 

 State and National Law Enforcement Challenge

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the receipt of both State and National Traffic Safety Awards as the result of our entry into the 2010 Law Enforcement Challenge. The Law Enforcement Challenge is a traffic safety competition that compares the efforts of a police agencies overall efforts in promoting traffic safety and enforcing traffic laws in three key areas. These areas are driving under the influence, Speeding and Occupant Protection enforcement.

The Challenge compares not only those enforcement efforts but it also judges an agencies efforts in educating the public and promoting overall traffic safety in their respective jurisdiction. Participating law enforcement agencies submit the results of their traffic safety efforts and they are judged at the State and National level in a program that is sponsored by the State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The goal of the Challenge is to increase enforcement in the three target areas and to educate the public, with the overall target being the reduction of fatal and personal injury traffic crashes.

Our efforts to enforce and promote traffic safety were judged against many other Sheriff's Departments across the nation and we placed 1st in the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2010 Law Enforcement Challenge and 1st in the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge.

These honors indicate that the Augusta County Sheriff's Office has been judged to have the best overall traffic safety program for an agency our size in not only the Commonwealth of Virginia, but in the entire nation as well.

 

Fireworks Guide for Augusta County

At the November 23, 2010 Augusta County Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Board adopted the State Fire Prevention Code as it relates to fireworks.

For further information see Fireworks brochure

 

Sheriff’s Office wins Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge and places in National Challenge

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is once again pleased to announce the reciept of a National Traffic Safety Award as the result of our entry into the 2009 Law Enforcement Challenge. The Law Enforcement Challenge is a traffic safety competition that compares the efforts of a police agencies overall efforts in promoting traffic safety and enforcing traffic laws in three key areas. These areas are Driving under the influence, Speeding and Occupant Protection enforcement. The Challenge compares not only those enforcement efforts but it also judges an agencies efforts in educating the public and promoting overall traffic safety in their respective jursdiction. Participating law enforcement agencies submit the results of their traffic safety efforts and they are judged at the State and National level in a program that is sponsored by the State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The goal of the Challenge is to increase enforcement in the three target areas and to educate the public, with the overall target being the reduction of fatal and personal injury traffic crashes.

Our efforts to enforce and promote traffic safety were judged against many other Sheriff's Departments across the nation and we placed 2nd in the nation in the International Association of Chief's of Police 2009 Law Enforcement Challenge. These honors indicate that the Augusta County Sheriff's Office has been judged to have the best overall traffic safety program for an agency our size in not only the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

April 23rd, 2010 - Investigator Brian Jenkins graduated from the 77th Session of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy in Richmond. The Forensic Science Academy is hosted by the Division of Forensic Science and it is an intense 9 week course in crime scene processing and criminal forensics. 

 

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office goes digital

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has recently added a new and exciting capability for its traffic enforcers, electronic ticketing. With the adoption of this technology, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has become first county jurisdiction and the first Sheriff’s Office in the Commonwealth of Virginia to implement electronic ticketing.

E-ticketing allows deputies to use computer devices in the Patrol car to create an electronic version of the Virginia Uniform Summons. Once the deputy “runs” a subject or a vehicle on his mobile data terminal, the information received from the Department of Motor Vehicles is automatically populated into the citation, eliminating the requirement for hand-written multiple copies. The deputy then simply selects the appropriate court date and violation code on the mobile data terminal.

The deputy then saves the record and prints a hardcopy of the completed summons on a Panasonic printer that is installed in the patrol car and provides the violator with a copy of the summons and instruction sheet. Once the summons is issued, the information is electronically transmitted to the Sheriff’s Office in-house records storage system (OSSI Pistol) and to the Virginia Supreme Court, which sends the summons to the appropriate district court for subsequent adjudication. The deputy then retains the “original” copy of the summons which the violator signs for submission to the courts.

The primary advantages of e-ticketing include:

-    Eliminating human error from hand-written tickets.
-    Immediate population of data into the local RMS system and statewide LInX system.
-    Paperless transmission of ticketing date to the courts.
-    Elimination of redundant manual data entry by services personnel.

There are currently 18 Augusta County patrol cars outfitted for e-ticketing, and the Sheriff’s Office hopes to receive additional grant funding in the future to equip the entire fleet with Mobile Data Terminals and E-ticketing.

 E-ticket

        Sergeant James “Monty” Sellers prints an E-Ticket during a traffic stop

 

SCAM ALERTS

All citizens are reminded to be aware of scams that are designed to separate you from your cash. The Sheriff's Office has recently seen the following types of scams, which are usually perpetrated by subjects who are outside the Continental US:

Please be aware of these scams and don’t become a victim

Fraud Schemes: E-mail Scams

Have you received a random e-mail from someone who needs help getting money back into the United States? They may claim to be ill or inheriting a company and asking you to help them by wiring money – Do not send money to this person as this is a SCAM. Any money sent to the stranger will be lost and you will not get a refund.

Fraud Schemes: Romance Scams

Did you meet someone through a personal ad, e-mail, chat room or an instant message? Did they ask you to send them money for travel or to help them financially? Do not wire the money - This is a SCAM. Any money received by this person cannot be recovered and you will be at loss for any money sent.

Fraud Schemes: Loan Scams

Did you receive an e-mail or mailing about getting a loan? Were you asked to send money for loan fees, taxes, service fees, advance payments or any other reason? This is a SCAM.

Do not send money to a loan company to obtain a loan. If the money is wired and received it can not be recovered. You will be at a loss for the money you have sent.

Fraud Schemes: Lottery/Sweepstakes

Have you ever received a communication stating that you won something (money or a prize), but before you can collect you will need to send money to pay for taxes, customs, or any fees? However, you didn’t actually buy a ticket or enter a sweepstakes. This is a SCAM.

Don’t send transfer money to the people who are stating you have “WON” something but need to send them funds before collecting your winnings. You will never have to pay money up front to receive any legitimate lottery or sweepstakes winnings.

Grandparent/Relative Scam

Did you receive a phone call from a grandchild or a family member? Are they in despair because they have been detained in Canada for not having a fishing license or for catching a protected species of fish? Have they been in a car accident? Are they asking for money to pay fines or for car repair? Did a relative call because they need money for a family member in medical need or for medicine? THIS IS A SCAM!

Use precaution when sending money in this situation. These callers can request that you send money anywhere in the world. If you cannot verify with your family member that they are requesting the money and aren't sure about the transaction, do not send the money. You will be at a loss for any money that is sent.

LOCAL Justice Assistance Grant Public Notice

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is submitting the following grant application for public review. This grant application is under the Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) and is operated through the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hardcopies of this grant application will be available at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, 127 Lee Highway, Verona and at the Augusta County Library, Main Branch, 1759 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville.

Justice Assistance Grant Public Notice

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth is submitting the following grant application for public review. This grant application is under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) and is operated through the U.S. Department of Justice.

Consistent with the Recovery Act, this grant proposes the retention of one full-time position and one part-time position. Both positions will provide programming to at-risk youth by providing safe activities and forming positive mentor-like relationships with at-risk youth. Long-term technology upgrades will provide improved infrastructure to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office records management system to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of managing data on gang activity, gang members, and gang crimes. These funds will also be used to coordinate gang prevention and education strategies in our community through the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro (SAW) Coalition.

Hardcopies of this grant application will be available at the County Office Building, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona and at the Augusta County Library, Main Branch, 1759 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville.

 

Promotions

Effective on Wednesday April 1st, 2009, Sheriff Randall D. Fisher has promoted the following individuals:

Lieutenant Glenn Hanger to Captain and Chief Deputy  

Sergeant A.C. Powers to Lieutenant and Criminial Investigations Division Commander

Investigator Aaron Leveck to Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division

Group 

                        Lieutenant Powers, Captain Hanger and Sergeant Leveck

 

DMV Seat Belt Award

On October 15, 2008, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received High seat belt use award from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. This award honors our enforcement efforts and Augusta County’s high seatbelt usage rate.

 October 2008 Award

  $254,039.00 Grant Award

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the receipt of a $254,039.00 Law Enforcement Terrorism prevention Grant. This cooperative Federal Grant will enable the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, The Waynesboro City Police Department and the Staunton City Police Department to join a Regional Information Sharing Network. LInX

The LInX system will enable all three jurisdictions to share valuable data and reports from each agencies records management system with each other and over 50 participating Virginia Law Enforcement Agencies.

$43,000.00 Grant Award

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the receipt of a $43,000 equipment grant award from the Department of Homeland Security’s CEDAP program. The Sheriff’s Office will receive the Advanced Vehicle Tracking System (AVTS) which is an advanced covert wireless GPS-based tracking system.

The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) helps meet the equipment needs of smaller jurisdictions by providing communications interoperability, information sharing, chemical detection, sensors, personal protective equipment, technology, and training in using the equipment, devices, and technology. Awards are made to law enforcement and emergency responder agencies not currently eligible for funding through the Department’s Urban Areas Security Initiative grant program.

 

 

                                  NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 

Tuesday August 5, 2008 6:30PM – 8:30 PM at the Colonial Mall, Staunton

SEE YOU THERE

 

 

 

July 11th, 2008 - Sergeant Shifflett graduates as Top Gun from arduous Law Enforcement Sniper School

July 11, 2008

Top Gun

June 27th, 2008 - Investigator George Cox graduated from the Virginia Forensic Science Academy in Richmond. The Forensic Science Academy is hosted by the Division of Forensic Science and it is an intense 9 week course in crime scene processing and criminal forensics. 

Cox Graduation

 

June 25th, 2008 - Training Hosted

K-9 Seminar

For more information and registration procedures contact Cpl. Derek Almarode at  dalmarode@co.augusta.va.us

May 1st, 2008 - Sheriff Fisher poses with members of D-Shift, the first deputies to wear our redesigned uniforms

New Uniforms

 

April 30, 2008 Fraud Alert

Fraud

 

April 10th, 2008

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CHAIRMAN BRIAN MORAN STATEMENT ON CHILD SEX PREDATOR’S ARREST

~Law Enforcement saves a child victim~

ALEXANDRIA

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Brian Moran made the following statement after the announcement from Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown that the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA/ICAC) had taken a Waynesboro, Virginia resident into custody for sexually exploiting a local child. Delegate Moran sponsored "Alicia’s Law" to invest in local law enforcement’s ability to investigate and arrest online child sex predators like this one.

"The work of local law enforcement has ended an innocent child’s suffering," said Delegate Moran. "I am proud of the work the Bedford and Augusta counties’ Sheriff’s Offices did as part of our ICAC team. As a former prosecutor and the father of two young children, I know there is nothing more important.

When the General Assembly acted this year, we had heard the story of Alicia and knew it was time to prevent her tragedy from becoming all too real for other children. We took a tremendous first step this year in our efforts to protect Virginia’s children from these violent, vile predators. Today’s news from Waynesboro makes our efforts to all the more critical."

The Waynesboro man was charged with one count of manufacturing child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of attempted indecent liberties with a minor under the age of 14. A local child victim was identified and placed in the care of child protective services. The arrest was made by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, which is an affiliate member of the SOVA-ICAC.

 

State and National Law Enforcement Challenge

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the reciept of a National Traffic Safety Award as the result of our entry into the 2006 Law Enforcement Challenge. The Law Enforcement Challenge is a traffic safety competition that compares the efforts of a police agencies overall efforts in promoting traffic safety and enforcing traffic laws in three key areas. These areas are Driving under the influence, Speeding and Occupant Protection enforcement. The Challenge compares not only those enforcement efforts but it also judges an agencies efforts in educating the public and promoting overall traffic safety in their respective jursdiction. Participating law enforcement agencies submit the results of their traffic safety efforts and they are judged at the State and National level in a program that is sponsored by the State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The goal of the Challenge is to increase enforcement in the three target areas and to educate the public, with the overall target being the reduction of fatal and personal injury traffic crashes.

Our efforts to enforce and promote traffic safety were judged against many other Sheriff's Departments across the nation and we placed 1st in the International Association of Chief's of Police 2006 Law Enforcement Challenge. These honors indicate that the Augusta County Sheriff's Office has been judged to have the best overall traffic safety program for an agency our size in not only the Commonwealth of Virginia, but in the entire nation as well.

                 IACP

                         Sgt. Sellers and Sheriff Fisher pose with the Challenge Award

 

Last updated: 8/15/2012 9:49:32 AM