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Chesapeake Rotary’s Public Safety Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Chesapeake Rotary’s Public Safety Awards! On May 17, 2023, The Chesapeake Rotary presented awards to the Deputy of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, and Firefighter of the Year at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Each individual was chosen for performing acts of bravery, skill, and professionalism under fire. Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Pascal, Captain Holten, Deputy City Manager, City Manager, the Police Chief, and the Fire Chief were all in attendance. Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Deputy Diana Kubitschek-Brann was named the Deputy of the Year after coming to the rescue of a driver entrapped in his vehicle after a violent two-car crash.

Honoring the Fallen

On May 16, 2023, Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan and the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office joined the Chesapeake Police Department and city officials at the city’s National Peace Officers Memorial Service. The ceremony honors and remembers every Chesapeake law enforcement officer who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Chesapeake. The Honor Guard and survivors of the fallen placed red roses on the public safety memorial in memory of each fallen officer.

Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office’s Basic Deputy Training Academy

On May 15, 2023, the 21st Session of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office’s Basic Deputy Training Academy began the long road to certification. Over the next 17 weeks, our academy instructors will teach these 17 aspiring law enforcement officers everything from the law and interpersonal communication to first aid and emergency vehicle operation. More than that, they will learn to rely on each other, to have each other’s backs, and to work together as a team. Check the CSO social media sites for weekly updates on the academy’s progress.

Deputy Powers becomes first female police motorcycle operator in Chesapeake

Deputy Powers is hitting the road as the first female police motorcycle operator in Chesapeake! The motors are used to serve the city with traffic stops, crowd control, escorts, and community events. She was one of two Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office deputies (Deputies Powers and Tamondong) who graduated from the course last month. Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan congratulated them and welcomed them to the CSO Motor Unit. See more HERE.

Road to Hope Ride

Team Chesapeake (including Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office deputies and Chesapeake Police Department police officers) left for Washington D.C. for the “Road to Hope” LEU (Law Enforcement United) Bicycle Ride. Deputy Flint and Deputy Smith joined the Virginia Division as they hit the road on May 10th. Over 3 days, the team rode 250+ miles to DC for the National Police Week Ceremony. The ride honors law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and recognizes the loved ones left behind.