The Community Services Division is composed of the following divisions:
- School Resource Officers
- Crime Prevention
- Traffic Enforcement Units
The Community Services Division was created to streamline, strengthen, and enhance the programs that we currently offer as well as focus on new programs.
These programs are designed to educate the public, to eliminate specific crime/traffic problems, to keep you and your family safe, to foster positive community relations and continue to build partnerships within the community. This division is also committed to continuing our already exceptional working relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the York County School Division. It will also make sure that programs are updated and are adaptable to keep up with the ever-changing needs of the community.
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 ®, 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, Sheriff's Business Academy, Sheriff's Citizen Academy for YOUTH, Project Lifesaver, 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 Sergeant Shawn Kekoa-Dearhart at 757-890-3642.
This section is tasked with providing a comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. D.A.R.E. represents a collaborative effort between school and law enforcement personnel. The program is nationally coordinated by D.A.R.E. America with input from state and local agencies. The primary goals of D.A.R.E. are to prevent substance abuse among school children and help them develop effective resistance techniques.
The Traffic Division was established in 2001 and is under the direction of our Community Services Division. 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.