Our newly created Planning and Programs Division is responsible for researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative approaches to complex criminal justice, public safety and emergency preparedness issues. The following programs are at work in Greene County.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
The ICAC Task Force was created to help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.
Non-violent offenders perform community service in a variety of ways. “Work-teams” and “trustees” are utilized from the Central Virginia Regional Jail, and both juveniles and adults complete community service assignments, such as litter pickup, imposed by the court system.
Assign-A-Highway utilizes probationers assigned to pick up litter along the roads. The assignments are written into court documents as conditions of the probation. The program differs from Adopt-A-Highway in which volunteers, such as members of civic groups, willingly volunteer to keep a two-mile section of highway clean. Probationers are picking up litter as part of their punishment.
Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS)
Volunteer activities make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Trained CERT members fill a vital role in the moments immediately following an emergency before first responders arrive on scene. Training involves basic disaster preparedness, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, triage and first aid, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness. CERT members also support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community, both in spreading the word about preparedness and in assisting agencies during response operations.
USA On Watch
Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well known crime prevention concepts in history. Its roots in America can be traced all the way back to the Colonial days when night watchmen patrolled the streets.
Refuse To Be A Victim
Through the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar, you can learn personal safety tips and techniques to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials across the country have implemented Refuse To Be A Victim into their crime prevention and community policing initiatives.
TRIAD is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies, senior citizens, and senior organizations, focused on reducing crimes against our seniors.
Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program
Eddie Eagle teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules: If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.
In addition, we offer other safety related classes to citizens, such as: Firearms Safety, Hunter Education, and Computer/Internet Safety.
Youth Outreach and Faith-Based Support
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office fully supports and promotes local and regional programs that focus on youth outreach, crime reduction, increasing rehabilitation efforts, assuring appropriate punishment, job placement, and “reentry” initiatives involving offenders returning to society.
Citizen Criminal Justice Academy
During spring and fall, local citizens 18 and older can participate in the Greene County Citizen Criminal Justice Academy. This 10-week program introduces residents to the three components of criminal justice – law enforcement, court process and corrections.
Student Internship Program
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to supporting surrounding students as they pursue careers in the criminal justice field. Interns provide useful human services as they obtain course credits to complete their educational groundwork and gain valuable first-hand experience.
Virginia Sheriffs' Institute Scholarship Program
The Virginia Sheriffs' Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an education in criminal justice. ► Click here for details.
Citizens are encouraged to participate in our Ride-Along program to get a first-hand experience of what law enforcement work is all about.
We are fortunate to have two GCSO Chaplains who volunteer spiritual guidance and counseling services.
Child ID Program