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Joe Talks About Suicide(From “Talk About It Norfolk”:)

“It’s tough, in law enforcement, because you’re expected to be tough,” said Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron. “You start talking about being depressed…. you may feel like if you say those things in our environment, that someone will consider that a weakness.”

It’s a stigma we, as a society, have to break.

It’s one that Sheriff Baron’s family had to confront before his father could tackle his alcoholism.

As part of the “Talk About it Norfolk” project to address suicide and depression, which spanned the month of October, Sheriff Baron was one of several people who shared their own experiences in the hope that it would encourage others to open up about the topic.

You can listen to him tell the touching story of how depression impacted him and his family below (as well as on the NSO Facebook page and many other locations online).

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Recent hurricanes have created a complete disaster in many places. Many of us feel helpless to do anything about it. We watch rescues and we see thousand stranded in shelters with no home to return to. They will need food, water, and shelter for the long term until they can resettle.

The board for the Sheriff Joe Baron Foundation has donated $500 to the American Red Cross in the name of all Norfolk Sheriffs Office employees to help. They will need every dollar to help provide supporting services. Please donate if you can. It is the best way to help at this time! #redcross, #hurricaneharvey, #sheriffjoebaronfoundation.

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Lt. Gerald Snyder and his wife are proud to
announce the birth of their first grandchild.

Please welcome:

Avaleen Nickole Snyder
(pronounced Ay-vah-leen)

DOB: 9-17-17 at 10:48 pm

19 inches - 7lb 8oz

Parents: Ashley & Jerry A. Snyder (Ft. Irwin, California)

Grandparents: Chicky & Jerry F. Snyder (Norfolk, Virginia)

award sealI am pleased to announce the following selections for Employees of the Third Quarter - 2017 for the quarter ending September 30, 2017.

Deputy Michael Conner was nominated by his supervisor and has been selected as Deputy of the Third Quarter 2017.

On August 16, 2017, Deputy Michael Conner was first on the scene to assist with a medical emergency involving one of his teammates. Deputy Conner remained calm in the midst of a stressful and highly unusual circumstance. He instinctively reverted to training received through the academy, his previous employment, and life experience to render immediate aid to Cpl. Barclift.

PinkPatchProjectThroughout the month of October, anyone who encounters a NSO staffer may notice something a bit different - a pink NSO badge or patch.

Back in August, a story in NSO Times announced that the NSO would become a participant in The Pink Patch Project.

At the time, Lt. Felicia Morgan, a cancer survivor, presented Sheriff Baron with the pink badge that he purchased to wear during the month of October.

The back story:

LGBT Liasons 16x9As we reported back in February of 2017, although long an inclusive workplace, the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Baron, took the additional step of appointing Lt. Meryah Breeden as on-staff LGBT Liason (as well as Corporal Xavier Kent to be her assistant) for the NSO.

Recently, Lt. Breeden - along with LGBT liasons from law enforcement agencies across the area and other advocates for the LGBT community - was a guest on The Hampton Roads Show on WAVY-TV, talking about the positive impact their work is having.

In the February article, Sheriff Baron said he hoped that by making Lieutenant Breeden and Corporal Kent available to staff members, every employee will feel embraced as a person when he or she comes to work. "No one should have to check his or her identity at the door," he said.

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