The Court Services Division is responsible for maintaining order within the City of Hampton Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courtrooms. This division also provides support services to judges as situations dictate, manage jurors both in the courtroom and when sequestered, transports defendants and inmates to appear before the court and performs other duties as required by the courts.
The Civil Process Unit serves all summonses, orders and other civil processes issued by the courts and regulatory offices. This unit is also responsible for evictions within the city and executes levies, sales and seizures of property and collection of delinquent taxes in conjunction with the Treasurers Office.
The Transportation Unit is responsible for transporting individuals to state facilities, to and from courts and other jurisdictions and for medical, dental and other appointments outside of the correctional facilities.
THE HAMPTON SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROVIDES LEGAL PROCESS SERVICE FOR THE OUT OF STATE CUSTOMERS. A GUIDELINE FOR THIS TYPE OF SERVICE FOLLOWS:
MAIL TO: HAMPTON SHERIFF’S OFFICE
P. O. BOX 69063
HAMPTON, VA 23669
FEES: $85.00 FOR EACH PERSON SERVED
(WE ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS AND CASHIERS CHECKS ONLY)
REQUIREMENTS: 2 COPIES OF DOCUMENT AND
A SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE
FOR RETURN OF SERVICE
PLEASE WE PROVIDE PERSONAL SERVICE ONLY ON OUT-OF-BE ADVISED STATE DOCUMENTS
THAT: THREE ATTEMPTS ARE MADE.
IF SUCESSFUL ATTEMPT IS MADE, A SIGNED,
NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT WILL BE RETURNED.
IF RESPONDENT IS NOT AVAILABLE, NOTES/
NOTICES OF DOCUMENT(S) TO BE SERVED ARE LEFT.
IF NOT SUCCESSFUL AFTER THREE ATTEMPTS,
DOCUMENT(S) WILL BE RETURNED WITH A SIGNED, NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT INDICATING “NOT FOUND.”
NO REFUND IF RESPONDENT IS “NOT FOUND.”
Sheriff’s Office Receives ACA Re-Accreditation
Accreditation is a system of verification in which correctional facilities comply with standards through a series of reviews, evaluations, surveys and audits. The state of Virginia has mandated that all local jails meet minimum standards set forth by the Department of Corrections for the life, health and safety of inmates.
The American Correctional Association (ACA) established and accreditation process to further improve the professionalism in the field of corrections. Sheriff B.J. Roberts has not only endeavored to meet state standards, but also asked his staff to exceed them by achieving re-accreditation by ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. The Sheriff’s Office underwent an extensive three-day audit in May, attaining a 100% rating on 60 mandatory ACA standards and a compliance rating of 95.1% on ACA’s system of 382 total standards. Sheriff Roberts and his staff received re-accreditation in August at the ACA’s 2009 Congress of Correction Conference in Nashville. Pictured from left: Dawn Smith, Executive Assistant, Deputy Vergena Harper, Sheriff Roberts and Captain Belinda Wells-Major Gilliam. PHOTO COURTESEY OF THE HAMPTON SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
Hampton Sheriff’s Office Receives Highest Award, Distinguished “Triple Crown"
On June 23rd, Hampton Sheriff, B.J. Roberts accepted the prestigious “Triple Crown” award at the National Sheriffs Association’s, 2009 Annual Conference held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The Triple Crown Award was established by NSA to recognize those sheriff offices that achieve simultaneous accreditation from The Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies; The American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections; and, The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. Achieving these accreditations individually is a daunting task. Earning all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat. In fact, the Triple Crown distinction is so rare, that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 35 of nearly 3,100 sheriffs’ offices have qualified for the Triple Crown. The Hampton Sheriff’s Office is the newest recipient and will become the 32nd law enforcement agency in the United States to ever receive this award, and only the second in Virginia to achieve such an honor.
The Triple Crown designation recognizes those departments that demonstrate outstanding commitment to public safety, security, well-being of jail inmates and efficient business practices. It represents the department’s acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence and provides stronger defense against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Accreditation boosts morale among employees and staff, and promotes the use of training for employees to do their jobs in the most professional manner possible. Through accreditation, the Sheriff’s Office is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health and safety of staff and inmates.
Pictured above: Sheriff Roberts accepts Triple Crown award from Sheriff David Goad,
2008-09 NSA President.
Sheriff’s Office Awarded International Accreditation, CALEA
The Hampton Sheriff’s Office completed a multi-year process designed to attain international acknowledged law enforcement recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Sheriff B. J. Roberts and his staff were officially recognized on March 21, 2009 at CALEA’s Spring Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hampton is one of only three Sheriff Offices in the state of Virginia accredited by CALEA. The assessment involved full compliance of hundreds of standards in Hampton’s Court Services Division. CALEA’s Accreditation Programs purpose is to improve the delivery of public safety services. Some benefits of CALEA accreditation include reduced exposure to lawsuits, confidence that policies meet recognized standards and greater public confidence in the agency and its personnel.
Pictured above from left: Sylvester Daughtry, Jr. CALEA Executive Director, Captain Belinda Wells-Major Gilliam, Captain Robert McGee and Deputy Vergena Harper of the Hampton Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff B.J. Roberts and Louis Dekmar, CALEA Commission Chair.
Each year, the Department of Corrections (DOC) performs unannounced jail inspections at Sheriff’s offices across Virginia. The Hampton Sheriff’s Office inspection was conducted in June of 2008 and received a score of 100% for achieving compliance with the Life, Health, Safety DOC standards. The Hampton Sheriff’s Office recently completed a multi-year process designed to attain international acknowledged law enforcement recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). In March, 2009 the Hampton Sheriff’s Office received its accreditation at CALEA’s Spring Conference. Hampton is one of only three Sheriff Offices in the state of Virginia accredited by CALEA. The assessment involved full compliance of hundreds of standards in Hampton’s Court Services Division.
The Victim Information Notification Everyday Training (VINE) Program is designed to give peace of mind to those who have been victims of violent crimes and domestic violence. The program allows victims to access 24 hours a day/7 days a week the incarceration status of an offender in the Hampton Correctional Center. Training is offered by the Sheriff’s office. Victims and other interested persons of those incarcerated sign up for release notifications either by email or telephone.
The Internal Affairs Unit is the central system for registering complaints against an employee of the Hampton Sheriff’s Office. The unit investigates complaints of possible misconduct and violations of polices and procedures. The objective is to complete an impartial and thorough investigation, while keeping the complainant informed. Interviews surrounding any incident are conducted appropriately. Once completed, the findings are disclosed to the Sheriff and complainant.
An annual In-House Training plan, which is developed, coordinated and supervised by the Training Division, ensures that staff receives relevant training that complies with national, state and local standards, as well as the needs of the Sheriff’s Office. The Hampton Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing comprehensive training for all employees. The total number of training hours in 2008 was 26,158. This includes orientations, in-service training, conferences, and various seminars.
Firearms Training for Hampton Sheriff’s Office sworn personnel are offered firearms day and night fire enhancement throughout the year. Each year deputies must qualify with their firearm. During firearms day qualifications, the deputies are instructed on Use of Force, training on reloading, immediate action drills, and finally a 50 round Tactical Qualification Course.
The Hampton Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy (HRCJTA). The Academy is a full service training facility that provides state mandated entry-level, in-service, and specialize training to criminal justice professionals in South-eastern Virginia. Each new deputy in the Hampton Sheriff’s Office is required to spend 10 or more weeks at the academy during his or her first year. In 2008, 15 academy graduates completed training in corrections, civil process, court security, and firearms qualifications with total basic combined academy hours of 6,416.