The Campbell County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was honored to be recognized for one of the most esteemed agency awards at the 87th Annual Conference of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, held September 15-17, 2019.
The agency received the award stemming from a nomination by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the division’s efforts to improve highway safety in the Roanoke Region of the state.
The award, which recognizes state law enforcement agencies for efforts in patrols and enforcement, public education, and community outreach for traffic safety, is one of the most coveted statewide, and it is the first time the CCSO has been presented with such an honor.
“As a sheriff’s office, one of our primary functions is to answer calls of service in order to deter crime,” notes Sheriff Steve A. Hutcherson. “Secondary to that duty is to further ensure our citizens’ safety by identifying areas of concern, such as high traffic areas where the safety of our residents and visitors could be jeopardized.”
Hutcherson explained that the CCSO team worked collaboratively with Virginia State Police (VSP), Lt. Dave Edwards, and 1st Sgt. John Turner, to identify and then isolate hazardous areas in the locality that could benefit from additional patrols. In doing so, it allowed deputies to place priority on those areas that needed more direct traffic enforcement.
“Working alongside the VSP has consistently strengthened our focus areas. When you couple that cooperation, with the efforts of deputies such as Sam Green and Jonathan Richey who went to great lengths to study traffic patterns and analytics in addition to their daily work, you can see the evidence of their work reflected in the accident and fatality statistics," said Hutcherson.
"Campbell County’s highways are among the safest in the region," Hutcherson adds. "I am extremely proud we can say we received this award – the first of its kind in our area."