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If you have children planning to head off to college in the coming years, you might feel concerned about covering all the costs.

Sheriff McCabe values higher education, and he hopes to lessen the financial burden on Norfolk families. Each year, his Sheriff Bob McCabe foundation awards five, $500 scholarships to Norfolk high school seniors.

“Any money is good because I can’t afford to pay college on my own. Any scholarship that is thrown at me, I’m going to do it,” Booker T. Washington student Ashanti Brown said.

Brown was thrilled to receive the Sheriff’s scholarship, as she prepares to attend Virginia Wesleyan in the fall. Granby High students Brandon Griffin and Alissa Hoffman are excited to have the Sheriff’s support as they venture off to Virginia Tech.

“I want to work at NASA as an engineer, on the Orion spacecraft they are working on right now,” Griffin said.

“I would like to investigate some of the ecosystems and look at what is being done damage wise,” Hoffman said.

Sheriff McCabe also presented his scholarships to Maury High students Charlotte Hennessy and Annemarie Lyons. Both of them are attending the University of Virginia. Lyons thanked the Sheriff for the money, especially since her parents have multiple kids in college.

Sheriff McCabe partners with Norfolk Public Schools to get the word out about his Scholarships each year. The School district has a neat online site called the “Scholarship Station,” where parents can search for all open scholarship opportunities.

The Norfolk City Jail will soon become an “All Male Jail” to ease overcrowding, improve safety, and increase educational opportunities for inmates.

Sheriff Bob McCabe is currently having deputies move about ten women inmates each week to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth.

“The female population has consistently averaged around 200+ and occupied the third floor of Tower I and II. Recently, the numbers have been significantly lower, which allows us to transfer the female inmates to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail,” Sheriff McCabe explained.

The Norfolk City Jail has about 100 women inmates, but under jail policy, women are housed separately from the men. The men’s floors are becoming overcrowded because of dedicating an entire floor of the jail to housing women.

“The move will allow us to use the third floor for male housing and we will have an additional 20 single cells for disciplinary and mental health inmates. This should help us reduce fights inside the jail,” Cpt. Mike Keough said.

Another added benefit will be having more space to hold educational and inspirational classes for inmates. Sheriff McCabe is looking forward to inviting more community leaders to speak to inmates inside the jail.

“By expanding space for males, it will allow for more available programs for men as well as volunteers who come into the jail,” McCabe said.

The Norfolk City Jail is the largest in the Commonwealth, averaging about 1,300 inmates daily. Our facility is rated to hold about 878 inmates, but we house more people by using triple bunk beds instead of double bunks.​

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Why do officers have to be so mean?” asked a kindergarten student at St. Helena Elementary school in Norfolk.

Luckily, Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe was there to answer the question, and he understood why a child might have that negative perception. National news of police brutality is in the spotlight, and even six-year-olds are noticing.

“Deputy Sheriffs are the good guys, and kids can come to us if they are lost,” Sheriff McCabe told the young boy, putting a smile on the child’s face.

The simple, personal interaction hopefully showed the boy that he can trust law enforcement, especially if he ever needs help. Instead of this lesson reaching just one child, an entire classroom of kids were there to learn.

The opportunity arose through a great partnership between Norfolk State University baseball coach Claudell Clark, Norfolk Public Schools and Sheriff McCabe.

When Sheriff McCabe was asked to participate, he didn’t hesitate to say “yes.”

“Our job is to keep the community safe, and they are part of the community. We want to give a good impression of police and law enforcement to our young kids,” McCabe said.​

Sheriff Bob McCabe has a passion for helping children in our community to become great citizens.

Back in 2004, he started a sports camp to help teach kids important character building skills. Sheriff McCabe later expanded the program to include even more summer youth camps.

The opportunity comes from the Sheriff Bob McCabe Foundation, and your donations. Deputies lead the camps, giving law enforcement a chance to build better relationships with children.

“The summer camps are great because they give kids a better chance of interacting positively with law enforcement. That way children are not afraid to come to us when they need help,” Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Abshier said.

The one-week sports camp is set for June 22nd to June 26th 2015.

The free summer camps run July 6th through August 7th, for children ages 10-14 years old. Your kids can enjoy the activities at Camp Apasus Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and transportation pick up sites will be provided.

You must live in Norfolk to participate, and you can download registration forms for the summer camps and sports camp online.

More than 1,000 Norfolk middle school children have enjoyed the camps over the years, but the experience wouldn’t be possible without support from the community. We are asking local businesses to donate prizes that can be used as good incentives for children. We are also in need of volunteers to help at the camps. If you would like to get involved, contact Tammy Lindquist at (757) 441-1066.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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