Campbell County Sheriff's Office
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement service throughout Campbell County, including the towns of Altavista and Brookneal. The Sheriff's Office is dedicated to protecting the life and property of County residents and to safeguarding each citizen's constitutional rights. It carries out its law enforcement duties based on the mutual respect and shared responsibility of the citizens it serves. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has attained Accreditation Status from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Services Commission. In addition to law enforcement, the Sheriff's Office is responsible for courtroom security, enforcement of county ordinances and service of civil process and criminal warrants.
The Office also provides School Resource Officers in each of the county's high and middle schools. These officers are a resource to the faculty and students and instruct on topics such as drug abuse, laws of Virginia and safe internet surfing. The Office is an active member in Central Virginia Crime Stoppers. The Sheriff's Office places particular emphasis on the enforcement of drug and alcohol laws. Citizens and the Sheriff's Office work together in Neighborhood Watch programs in many areas of the County. Businesses in the area can likewise participate in the Business Watch program.
The Sheriff's Office is also a member of Project Lifesaver, which is an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families from Alzheimer's Disease, and similar disorders, such as Down Syndrome and Autism. Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and care givers.
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“The Best Hug in the World” Buckle-Up Campaign for Child Safety in Vehicles
The Virginia Department of Health, in partnership with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, encourage parents to give their children “The Best Hug in the World: Buckle Up!” during the week of Valentine’s Day, February 8-14. During this time, local law enforcement officers invite the public to visit the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office for free child safety and booster seat checks at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, 87 Courthouse Lane, Rustburg VA, 24588,(434-332-9580), toward educating parents and guardians on Virginia Seat Belt Law and to ensure child safety seats are installed properly.
No pre-registration is required for this program; however, residents may call ahead to schedule a specific time for a booster seat check or installation training session.
As part of this state-wide program, certified child passenger safety technicians provide free safety seat inspections at check stations, in their respective communities. The car seat installation experience is an interactive one and takes 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the safety seat and the vehicle. Parents and caregivers will be asked to complete a form prior to checking your safety seat for proper installation, fit for your child, expiration, and recalls.
“We’re pleased to participate in this program, as it furthers our efforts in training parents and guardians on child safety laws regarding vehicles,” said Steve Hutcherson, Campbell County Sheriff. “We offer child seat inspections and seat belt teaching sessions at various special events throughout the year – this campaign gives us another opportunity to convey how important it is to secure children properly in a vehicle.”
Citizens are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with current Virginia Seat Belt Laws:
- Child restraint devices are required for children through the age of seven (until 8th birthday). Safety seats must be properly used and approved by Department of Transportation standards. There is no height or weight requirement associated with this law. The Virginia law is based solely on age.
- Rear-facing child restraint devices must be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. In the event the vehicle does not have a back seat, the child restraint device may be placed in the front passenger seat only if the vehicle is either not equipped with a passenger side airbag or the passenger side airbag has been deactivated.
- Children can no longer ride unrestrained in the rear cargo area of vehicles.
- The law applies to anyone (i.e. parents, grandparents, babysitters, friends) who provides transportation for a child in any vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1968. Public transportation (taxis, buses), regulation school buses, and farm vehicles are exempted.
- The child restraint law is primary enforcement -- no other violation need be committed prior to ticketing for failure to have a child in an approved seat.
- Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States.
- Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.
- For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.
For more information on this program, please contact the Campbell County’s Sheriff’s Office at (434) 332-9580, 592-9580 or 283-9580 or visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/.