A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy has received the Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.
Deputy Specialist James D. Spurlock, Jr., a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy for two years, has served in patrol and currently is a member of the agency’s Crime Prevention Unit. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit is a proactive part of the Sheriff’s Office that offers many programs to assist and train the community in many aspects of crime prevention. Some of the responsibilities of this unit include Neighborhood Watch, the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Unit, DARE, TRIAD, the Summer McGruff Safety Camps and Business Watch.
Spurlock was nominated by VFW Loudoun County Post 9478 in Sterling, VA for his outstanding commitment to the community. Spurlock and his fellow members of the Crime Prevention Unit have increased the number of Neighborhood Watch Programs in the county during the past year from 22 to over 71 active programs.
The award makes Spurlock Virginia’s candidate for the national J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal. The national award was established in 1966 to honor officers for their commitment to their community in addition to law enforcement.
Spurlock previously worked for the Leesburg Police Department and has over 15-years of law enforcement experience.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States of American was established in 1899 by Veterans returning from action in the Spanish-American War, and was formed to help these soldiers, sailors and Marines re-adjust to civilian life and to protect their benefits. In their over a century of service, members of the VFW have been at the battle front in the protection of the rights of Veterans nationwide. Many VFW Posts also take a leading role in community activities and service to their neighbors.