Sheriff’s Office recognized for Hiring Veterans
The Hampton Sheriff’s Office (HSO) was honored in June at the First Annual Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Summit in Richmond, VA. Sheriff B. J. Roberts was presented the Silver Award for his commitment to hire Veterans. The Hampton Sheriff’s Office has hired and retained Veterans for many years and in August, 2012 became the first Sheriff’s Office in the State of Virginia to partner with the V3 Program. The V3 Team energizes Virginia’s economy by teaching Virginia‘s employers to re-capitalize their workforce by recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining Veterans. An invitation from Paul Galanti, the Commissioner of Veterans Services, allowed Hampton’s Deputy D. Greene, a veteran of the V3 program, to thank Sheriff Roberts and the Virginia Values Veterans program for the opportunity to start a career in law enforcement. Pictured from left: Joe Barto, V3 Program Director, Paul Galanti, Commissioner of Veterans Services, Sheriff B. J. Roberts, Major T. Unnoppet, Director of Administration, Hampton Sheriff’s Office and Deputy D. Green, Army veteran and Hampton Sheriff’s Office.
PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION
Sheriff B.J. Roberts served as the 69th President of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) from June 2010 to June 2011, making him the first African-American President to serve in this position. During his term as NSA President, Sheriff Roberts had the opportunity to visit various sheriffs in their states throughout the country to learn about the challenges they were facing in their particular states. He worked to advance and protect the legislative goals of the nation’s sheriffs on Capitol Hill and met with officials from both the administration and various federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the concerns of the nation’s sheriffs were being heard and taken into consideration. Sheriff Roberts’ duties included representing all of America’s Sheriffs by advancing NSA’s unified mission of preserving, shielding and protecting communities on critical law enforcement and homeland security issues.
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.