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stressed relaxedOne of Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron's biggest desires is for his staff to have a successful and fulfilling career with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office. Much of that is left up to the organization and what it is willing to do in order to make that possible.

"There are lot of things about this job we have zero control over. However, there are a lot of things we do have control over. If we focus on those things that we can control, I think we'll be surprised as to what a difference these small, little changes can make," Sheriff Baron said.

Bass FishingBelow is the schedule for the bass fishing club events this year. All NSO employees are invited to participate.

The following fishing schedule was decided by the club February 11, 2017. The schedule is listed below:

  • March 25: North River
  • April 14: Perquimans River
  • May 20: Little River
  • June 17: Chowan River
  • July 21: Chickahominy River
  • August 20: North Landing
  • September 24: Nottaway River
  • October 14: Pasquotank River
  • November 4: Northwest River

deputies riptideDeputies from NSO played a key role in a widely reported felon sweep conducted on March 1 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of a months-long investigation called "Operation Riptide."

The sweep was the culmination of an investigation that began in Fall, 2016 and targeted people suspected of violent crimes in Norfolk, or illegally in possession of firearms.

Six NSO deputies used three vans to provide transportation for the suspects as they were arrested. The assitance was requested by the Norfolk Police Department.

amos reading letterLast year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the decision to protest perceived injustices committed by law enforcement officers by choosing to kneel during the rendering of the National Anthem before games. 

Shortly after Kaepernick began doing this, former Norfolk Police Officer and current Critical Incident Stress Management/ Peer Support Team Director and Staff Chaplain for NSO Chris Amos wrote an open letter to the NFL player and posted it on Facebook explaining why he thought Kaepernick's negative statements about law enforcement officers and agencies were unfair, comparing how the sacrifices made by LEOs every day stack up with those associated with a career in the NFL.

Give LifeThe NSO Spring Blood Drive will be held Monday, March 13th from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. in the Large Training Room in the Administration Building. 

As frequent donors know, there have been some issues in past drives where they haven't started on-time, etc. We've have addressed those concerns with the regional director for the Red Cross. They have promised that this drive will run smoothly and no one who is able to donate will be turned away due to time constraints.

As always, e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your time preference. The early spots tend to fill fast, so don't wait!

The following promotions will be effective on Saturday, March 4, 2017: 


  • Corporal Mears to Sergeant

  • Master Deputy Wilson to Corporal

  • Deputy McFerren to Corporal

  • Deputy Moten to Corporal

A promotion ceremony will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 0900 in the Training Academy Large Classroom.

 The following transfers will be effective on Saturday, March 4, 2017:

LGBT LiasonsThe Norfolk Sheriff's Office takes pride in being a progressive organization that provides an inclusive work environment and a diverse staff. Over the years, the NSO has built a solid relationship between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.

Continuing that relationship, Sheriff Joe Baron proudly announced in February the implementation of an on-staff LGBT liaison, Lieutenant Meryah Breeden. Corporal Xavier Kent will support her as the assistant LGBT liaison. Sheriff Baron is the first sheriff in Hampton Roads to initiate this type of position, which is similar to others recently created by police departments across the country.

On top of their normal duties, Lieutenant Breeden’s and Corporal Kent's roles will include serving as spokespeople for the NSO to local LGBT demographics, represent LGBT interests to the leaders of the NSO, as well as promoting the organization as a safe, hostile-free environment to work in, regardless of sexual orientation.


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Deputy L. Bateman
Corporal M. Bibbins
Master Deputy D. Boyles
Deputy D. Brown
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Court Scanner J. Cherry
Lieutenant S. Cleek
Deputy M. DeHollander
Master Deputy J. Drowns
Civilian J. Dunn
Sergeant J. Eagle
Civilian M. English
Deputy D. Frye
Deputy B. Hall
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Civilian D. Hartsog
Deputy Recruit D. Hudson
Deputy Recruit M. Johnson
Deputy J. Johnson
Sergeant N. Keisel
Deputy W. Kidd
Deputy J. McCommack
Deputy J. Newnam
Master Deputy A. Nixon
Sergeant J. Noggle
Civilian W. Provance
Civilian K. Rantanen
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Deputy G. Tweed
Corporal S. Valencia
Civilian D. Walton
Sergeant H. Wilson
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