About the Sheriff’s Office

In the United States, the sheriff is a sworn law enforcement officer, and the duties of the office vary across states, cities and counties. The City Sheriff is an elected constitutional officer with a term of four years and is accountable directly to the constitution of their state, the United States Constitution, local statutes, and the citizens of their jurisdiction. 

The Sheriff's duties include providing security to courts, serving warrants and court papers and the transportation of prisoners. In addition to these services, the sheriff is also responsible for enforcing civil law within their jurisdiction.

The history and functions of a sheriff can reportedly be traced to provisions of the Magna Carta in England, in the year 1215. The office of sheriff was the first office to be established in the United States. The Sheriffs of America have played a significant role in the history of our great nation, and the Sheriffs of Virginia are no exception to this heritage.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Staunton Sheriff’s Office to provide the citizens of Staunton with professional service, protecting the rights of persons and property and providing assistance to citizens. To improve and maintain the quality of life we enjoy and to ensure that our city is a safe place to live, work and visit. All of this must be accomplished by treating people with respect, fairness and compassion while conducting ourselves with the core values of professionalism, integrity and trust.