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It would be hard to overemphasize how pleased the Norfolk Sheriff's Office is with how our Senior Support Services Seminar turned out. Hundreds of older Norfolk residents were able to participate in an event focused on them and their unique needs.

It began at 9 a.m. with vendor exhibits. The NSO honor guard did the presentation of colors followed by an invocation by Rev. Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr. and lunch. Mayor Alexander spoke and Sheriff Baron presented plaques to the key sponsors: Irwin Pharmacy, Anthem, Attorney General's Office, and Dominion Power.

Virginia Department of Corrections Logo 16x9On September 8,  the Department of Corrections completed their unannounced inspection of our jail operations at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Baron said: 

I am proud to report we passed with 100% compliance. I am grateful to all of our staff who participated in the process, answering tough questions, maintaining a clean environment, and just plain doing a great job. 

Go Team NSO!


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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