Announcements


Sussex County Sheriff's Office featured in Virginia Sheriff's Association Video

Recently the Virginia Sheriff's Association produced a promotional video which is featured prominently on their webpage as well as being used to educate the public on the duties and responsibilities of Sheriff's Offices across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Deputys assigned to Patrol, Jail and Communications appear in the video, and several scenes feature locations filmed in Sussex County Jail.

Click on the link to the left to view this interesting video.



Valarie Patterson-Ricks Appointed as 911 Coordinator

Deputy Valarie Patterson-Ricks has been appointed by Sheriff Bell to the position of E911 Coordinator.  Ms. Ricks has served this department in the past as Emergency Services Dispatcher before being employed by the Town of Waverly as Chief Dispatcher for Waverly Police Department.  In addition, Ms. Ricks is serving as the DARE Officer for the Sheriff's Office.  She brings many years of experience and a wealth of skills and knowledge to her new position.



Sussex County Sheriff's Office moves forward to the future.

Captain Kevin Diggs, Chief Deputy of Sussex County, retired April 30, 2013 after serving more than 30 years in varying roles in the organization. A subsequent reorganization of the Sheriff's Office was begun by Sheriff Bell.  Longtime member of the Department Ernest Giles has been appointed as Captain, and will serve as Chief Deputy.  Another longtime member, W. B. Banty, has been appointed as Patrol Lieutenant, and will assume the role of training officer and coordinator in addition to other responsibilities.  Other appointments will follow as leadership roles and responsibilities are evaluated and defined.  



Sussex Deputys trained on use of VINE system

On January 25 and 27, 2011, 7 deputys assigned to the Jail and records underwent training on the use and implementation of the nationwide VINE system.  Victim Information and Notification Everyday began in 1994, and has been adopted by 46 states and 40 Department of Corrections systems as their method of notifying victims of crime when the offender is released or transferred.  The training sessions were conducted by professional training personnel from both VCPI - Virginia Center for Policing Innovation, and Appriss, the company which developed and maintains this cutting edge technology.


The Virginia State Victim Notification Service (VINE) is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone of internet to search for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to recieve telephone and e-mail notification when the offender's custody status changes. This service is brought to you by Virginia Department of Corrections and the Virginia Sheriff's Association via a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for SAVIN that is managed by Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. The VINE toll-free number for Virginia VINE is 1-800-467-4943 or click the VINE link below.