In July 2001, Sheriff Diggs fulfilled his campaign promise of establishing a Crime Prevention Unit with one deputy sheriff. By 2004, Sheriff Diggs saw the need to increase the unit’s size and therefore created another position. The Crime Prevention Unit has two full time deputies that operate out of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.
The Crime Prevention Unit’s mission is to create awareness among York County residents and merchants as to the roles that they can provide in the reduction and/ or prevention of crime. This mission is obtained through providing numerous presentations to the communities and civic organizations on topics such as Personal Safety, Home Security, Identity Theft, Neighborhood Watch, Refuse to be a Victim ®, Workplace Violence, and Internet Safety to name a few. The Crime Prevention Unit also coordinates several highly regarded programs such as, but not limited to, the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy, Project Lifesaver, Look Out/ Lock Out Program, Robbery Prevention, and Residential and Commercial Security Surveys, and Eddie Eagle Gun Safety. If you have any questions or would like to host a presentation, please feel free to contact Deputy Alan Bartnikowski at 757-890-3639 or Deputy First Class Shawn Kekoa-Dearhart at 757-890-3642.