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Triple Crown Accreditation
The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office is now triple crown accredited! The sheriff’s office recently received its official Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) re-certification and AJA (American Jail Association) certification. (We are also Department of Corrections certified).

Getting Back into the Community
The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office resumed doing senior safety and senior scams presentations at senior clubs and communities throughout Chesapeake. Major David Rosado (Chief of Corrections) and Deputy Jahshua Johnson (Public Information Officer) spoke to multiple clubs and seminars in April.

“Basic Police School” Graduates
Congratulations to Deputy Andrew Bender, Deputy Rachel Conrad, and the 71st Session for graduating from the Chesapeake Police Department’s “Basic Police School” in April 2022 after nearly seven months of training! Deputies Bender and Conrad received their Law certificates, and sheriff’s badges, before taking the oath once again in City Council Chambers. Deputy Conrad received additional recognition as the recipient of the “Director’s Award.”

Chief Deputy Lt. Colonel Christopher Pascal, Chief of Corrections Major David Rosado, and Chief of Administration Major Jenny Stafford were there to congratulate them. Once they complete their field training hours, they will officially be dual-certified in corrections and law enforcement!

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 24-30 was National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Victim/Witness Section put together a virtual presentation in place of its usual in-person ceremony. The presentation honors the strength and resilience of crime victims and their loved ones, raises awareness about access to crime victims’ services, and recognizes the tireless work of crime victims’ advocates. Viewers can watch the video here:


Deputies recognized for service beyond the call of duty in Quarterly Service Award Ceremony in April:

Deputy Terry Harper- Life-Saving Award
Deputy Terry Harper was off-duty and exiting his home on August 18, 2021, when he noticed his neighbor (Orlando Mitchell) in apparent medical distress. Mr. Mitchell collapsed and was struggling to breathe. Deputy Harper immediately jumped into action: calling 911 and providing CPR. Medics rushed Mr. Mitchell to the hospital where doctors determined Mr. Mitchell had suffered from a major stroke. Doctors later told Mr. Mitchell’s wife (Sophia) that Deputy Harper’s quick intervention saved Mr. Mitchell’s life. Thanks in part to Deputy Harper’s instinctive reactions, Mr. Mitchell is now recovering at home.

Master Deputy D. Simien- Deputy of the Quarter
Master Deputy D. Simien is a 27-year veteran of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. Her most recent assignment has been to organize and coordinate the office’s horticulture program. Over the past two years and despite the pandemic, Master Deputy Simien maintained the garden and successfully grew an average of 18-pounds of produce to donate to residents in need through the “Healthy Chesapeake” program. Her hard work and dedication were instrumental in the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office being awarded the “Sustained Distinguished Performance Award” by the Elizabeth River Project.

Deputy Robert Perdue- Deputy of the Year
Deputy Robert Perdue is an 8-year Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office veteran, currently assigned to Civil Enforcement. In addition to his regular duties, Deputy Perdue recently earned a certification in Crisis Intervention, became an FAA-certified Drone Pilot, and joined the agency’s Drone Team. He uses these skills regularly as civil enforcement’s lead trainer for Project Lifesaver and as an expert Search Specialist.

In 2021, he received two prestigious awards for going above and beyond the call of duty.

He received an Award of Excellence for responding to reports of a fight in South Norfolk. He was the second person on the scene and located two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. With the help of a fellow deputy, they administered first aid as they waited for EMS. Thanks to his actions, both victims survived.

Deputy Perdue also received a “Life-Saving Award” for responding to reports of an overturned vehicle and car fire while off-duty. Again, Deputy Perdue was one of the first on the scene. He and a Chesapeake Police sergeant worked together to put the flames out. Then he, the sergeant, and several onlookers helped lift the vehicle and pull the trapped driver to safety. He truly exemplifies the best of what law enforcement officers stand for.

Sheriff’s Expo at Eggleston Services
In May, Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan hosted a “Sheriff’s Expo” for residents from all the local Eggleston campuses at the location in Chesapeake. He brought Major David Rosado (aka Magic Dave) to perform a live magic show, our K-9 Axel for a demonstration, and our All Cancer Awareness unit and motorcycles. In addition, the Chesapeake Fire Department sent two firetrucks to give the residents an up-close look at the equipment.