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, 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 Deputy First Class 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.