The Uniform Patrol Division of the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is responsible for answering calls for service, enforcing traffic laws, serving arrest warrants and legal process, and patrolling the highways and streets of York County as a visible symbol of law enforcement.
The Uniform Patrol Division currently has 6 shifts that consist of a Lieutenant, Sergeant and 7-8 field deputies. There are specialized units within the Patrol Division, such as the Emergency Response Team, K-9, and Bicycle Patrol. They are used when a special situation or emergency arises.
The Traffic Division was established in 2001 and is under the direction of our Uniform Patrol. In recent years, an emphasis on traffic enforcement began as a response to the growing complaints of the citizens of York County. Residential radar enforcement and traffic light violations are the areas that citizens requested to be emphasized. The Traffic Division also conducts Speed Studies in conjunction VDOT and they use Speed Display equipment to educate the public and gather data in complaint areas.
In 1993 the Sheriff's Office issued 403 traffic tickets. By 1996, that number had grown to 2767. Over the past 5 years, we have averaged 3922 traffic tickets per year.
We also have requested and received grants from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to compensate off-duty deputies to enforce these violations. This allows us to not reduce the manpower available for answering criminal complaints and calls for service.
The Uniform Patrol Division of the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office stands ready to assist the citizens and businesses of York County.