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As Norfolk struggles with graduation rate, Sheriff helps kids dream bigger

With the region’s lowest high school graduation rate at 84 percent, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has launched a new way to inspire middle school students to rise above. The first“Youth Character Allstars” day gave 150 inner-city kids a chance to experience college life, and meet the Harlem Globetrotters, with one goal in mind: help kids dream bigger.

“We wanted to get inner-city kids excited about college. Many of them don’t understand what college is besides the educational part. A college education isn’t unreachable. It’s right there in their backyard,” Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Lt. Meryah Breeden said.

Cpt. Pestik Just before his 19-year-anniversary at the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, Benjamin Pestik was promoted to Captain. Capt. Pestik has always stood out as a leader at the NSO. He is a prime example of our values we all strive to live by every day.

Team NSO TimesYou can join the military at 18 years old, and now, you can become a Norfolk Sheriff’s Office deputy too. The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office announced the policy update in a news release distributed on January 31.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications to hire deputies who are 18 years old and above. In the past, deputies were required to be at least 21 years old. But as law enforcement recruiting continues to struggle nationwide, sheriffs and police chiefs are finding new ways to attract more qualified candidates with a passion for public service.

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The following staff members were recognized in January for career milestones with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office.

Please offer them your congratulations when you see them.

Dep. McKeon

Norfolk, Va (Jan. 23, 2018) -- A Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Deputy received an award for his brave actions and public service in 2017 ---  including stopping a dangerous knife fight. The American Legion’s Tidewater Post 327 presented the “Deputy of the Year” award to Deputy Philip McKeon on Tuesday.

IMG 1039The Norfolk Sheriff's Office had graduated the first participants in a program to help our inmates with substance abuse and other mental health issues address their illnesses and prepare for a better life upon their release from incarceration.

The ceremony took place on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. Our first graduating class of the Addiction Recovery Grant Program at the Norfolk City Jail consisted of ten inmates, for whom we couldn't be happier.

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Staff Birthdays


David Adams
Calvin Armstrong
Paul Ballance
Shylisle Barnett
Angela Bennett
Meryah Breeden
Kendra Castellano
Sandra Coleman
Chase Cordell
Earl Daniels
William Dillingham
Ami Edwards
John Franklin
Jessica Freeman
Melvin Goosby
Brandon Hines
Katalina Holt
LePrince Hooper
Robert Hoose
Robert Hudson
Mondray Isureal
Maurice Johnson
Warren Martin
Erin McClean
Ronald McCoy
Pablo Necoechea
James Perry
Matthew Posey
Gerald Sharrow
Jason Sherwood
Benjamin Thorpe
Delilah Tsipliareles
Michael Volkmann
Brian Williams
Charisma Williams-Valentine
Chanda Willie
Raymond Windley

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