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Congratulations to Chesapeake Deputy Marie Twyman! Deputy Twyman recently earned her “Certified Jail Officer” certification from the American Jail Association. The AJA is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our nation’s jails. It is the only national association focusing exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities. Deputy Twyman is now of three CJOs at the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, and one of six in Hampton Roads. The recipients completed a thorough background investigation and an intensive four-hour exam prepared by the AJA. The exam was based purely on knowledge and experience; there was no study material. To earn the certification, applicants had to demonstrate competency, professionalism in the field, and strong specialty knowledge. The award recognizes continuing education and growth in the field of corrections management.


The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office and Chesapeake Parks, Recreation, and Tourism are partnering to offer a new program to Chesapeake residents aged 55+; it is called “Self-Defense for Seniors.” Under Sheriff David Rosado, Lt. Colonel Christopher Pascal, and our control tactics instructors teach seniors maneuvers and tips to help them escape an attacker. The program is free and offered at the Rokeby Center. To register for the workshop, seniors should call Parks and Rec at (757) 382-1330.


The students at Head Start-Carver Center in Chesapeake had a new playmate last week. On March 20, 2023, CSO K-9 Axel stopped by each classroom to meet the children. Axel is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd and a dual-purpose K9. He is trained in detecting narcotics and search and rescue operations. He is a crucial part of the Chesapeake Project Lifesaver program; he helps track and locate at-risk individuals prone to wandering due to a cognitive condition. Deputy Johnson also came along to talk to the kids about staying safe.