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Petersburg Sheriff’s Office sponsors Civil Process Training

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Pictured is Ret. Lt. Dorothy Simmons from the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and Lt. Col J. Lloyd of the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office.

On June 6, 2019, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office hosted training for Advanced Civil Process Enforcement. The training was held at the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy. This training provided continuing legal educational updates to deputies serving in the Civil Process Unit of various Sheriff’s Offices throughout Virginia. These updates will allow the deputies to enhance their ability to function as effectively as possible in carrying out their daily duties, particularly as new legal civil process laws will be in effect July 1, 2019. The instructor was Ret. Lt. Dorothy Simmons. She served in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for over 29 years in the Civil Process section specializing in Evictions, Repossessions, Levies, and Sheriff Sales. Should you have any questions about this or any of the programs that the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office has, please contact Sheriff Vanessa R. Crawford or any one in the Sheriff’s office at 804-733-2369.


Petersburg TRIAD celebrates 13 Years of Success

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Pictured above from left to right: Genea Luck, AARP, FNI Field Agent Leah Wynn, Attorney General Mark Herring and Sheriff Vanessa Crawford

On May 23, 2019, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office along with the Petersburg TRIAD and S.A.L.T council celebrated their 13th successful Senior Resource Day. It was held at the Lee Club on Ft. Lee and had over 250 seniors and over 25 service providers in attendance. Also, in attendance was the Honorable Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, The Honorable Rosalyn Dance, Senator of the 16th District, The Honorable Cheryl Wilson, Commonwealth Attorney of Petersburg, Leah Wynn-FBI Agent, Genea Luck, the Associate State Director, Multicultural Outreach for AARP, Shannon Freeman from the Office of the Attorney General, as well as Tyee Mallory from Senator Tim Kaine’s Office, Charity Howell from the office of Senator Mark Warner, Darnetta Tyus, Deputy City Manager from the city of Petersburg, Dr. Ann Ifekwunigwe from the Petersburg School Division and Thelma Jefferson representing the Peabody Alumni Association.

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Senator Rosalyn Dance and Commonwealth Attorney, Cheryl Wilson

All of them brought greetings from their offices and organizations, but also shared information about what part they play in making sure that our senior population is safe. The seniors in attendance met with vendors and organizations to gather information to keep them safe and healthy. We were also fortunate in having a shredding truck on site that day to allow the seniors to safely dispose of personal documents. Our AARP partner provided the shredding truck. To conclude the day, the seniors were entertained by Uncle Ty-Rone, the S.K.I.M. Senior Dancers and the melodious voice of Monica Whitney.

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Uncle Tyrone and son, Ty-J

Uncle Ty-Rone is a comedian and ventriloquist that had the seniors in stitches laughing. Cavell Phillips was our MC for the day as he is an honorary Petersburg TRIAD member and as usual, did an outstanding job. Should you have any questions about the Petersburg TRIAD or any programs that the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office sponsors, please contact Sheriff Crawford or anyone in the office at 804-733-2369.




Petersburg Sheriff’s Office partners with 7-11 to Reward Great Kids

A tasty reward for staying cool – that’s the Operation Chill program. This 7-Eleven community outreach program is designed to reduce crime and enhance relations between law enforcement and youth. This partnership between the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office and 7-Eleven allows law enforcement officers to “ticket” kids they observe doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior.

The ticket is actually a coupon good for a free 12-oz. Slurpee® at any participating store. Now in its 23rd year, Operation Chill has grown to include more than 1,000 local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. Nearly 21 million coupons have been distributed to law enforcement officers in cities and towns where 7-Eleven does business.
In addition to encouraging positive behaviors, Operation Chill provides opportunities for law enforcement officers to establish a rapport with kids in neighborhoods. The reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, but the result is the same for every youngster: A free Slurpee drink and a smile for a good deed. If you know of children who are doing good deeds, let us know, so that we can “ticket” them.

If you have questions about this program or any other programs that the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office has, please contact Sheriff Vanessa Crawford or any member of the staff at 804-733-2369.

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Sheriff Vanessa Crawford and 7-Eleven Store
Manager Felicia showing various coupons available to kids when they are ticketed.


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Sheriff Crawford pictured with several children who earned the Slurpee coupons by being good students with great grades and good behavior for the school year.