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Norfolk Sheriff’s Office deputy named Deputy Sheriff of the Year

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Jamie Bastas
 September 15, 2021
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Yesterday at the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference, Deputy Jacob Wright was awarded the 2021 Deputy Sheriff of the Year Award. Deputy Wright was nominated by his peers and chosen by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Awards Committee to receive the award based on an incident that occurred on Interstate 264 on July 10, 2020.

Following his shift on July 10, 2020 Deputy Wright was walking to his vehicle when he heard gunshots near the Berkley Bridge. Immediately following the gunshots he heard screams for help. Deputy Wright and several other deputies climbed the embankment to the interstate where they located a gunshot victim. Deputy Wright notified Norfolk Police of the shots fired and the gunshot victim before climbing the fence to assist the victim. Deputy Wright and several bystanders passed the shooting victim over the fence to safety where deputies and medical staff from the Norfolk City Jail were able to treat the victim. Due to Deputy Wright’s quick thinking and steadfast response, the shooting victim survived and Virginia State Police were able to conduct their investigation.

"My training with the NSO and NPD has placed me in high stress situations allowing me to remain calm and function under high pressure. Also my training and experiences in similar situations allowed me to know exactly what needed to be accomplished: start communication to get assets headed in that direction, stop the shooter, tend to the victims, and secure the crime scene," stated Deputy Wright.

“The thoughtfulness, care and compassion for others that he displayed during this particular event, as well as on a constant day-to-day basis is a shining example of his character and we thank him for his acts of kindness and his commitment to public safety, public service, and public trust,” said Sheriff Baron. “Deputy Wright’s heroic actions on that day were in line with all of the NSO’s Core Values and we commend him on a job well done!”

Deputy Jacob Wright has been with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office since 2019. He is assigned to the Court Services/Court Security Division and is an active member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT).

 

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The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
committed to 
public safety, public service, and public trust.

 

 

Sheriff Baron Selected as Special Olympics Chairman

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Jamie Bastas
 September 10, 2021
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Sheriff Baron is currently serving as the Regional Director for Special Olympics Virginia, Region 3 and he has once again been selected as the Region 3 (South Hampton Roads) Chairman for Special Olympics Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for 2022. Additionally he has been selected as the State Chair for 2023 Law Enforcement Torch Run.

"As many of you know, the vision of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office is to make a difference in the lives of others as far as we can reach. As the Region 3 Director for 2021 and the Region 3 chairman for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I have had the opportunity to see the difference that the Special Olympics makes in the lives of the athletes each and every day. I am excited about these upcoming roles and look forward to continuing to work alongside the team at Special Olympics Virginia," stated Sheriff Joe Baron.

“Special Olympics is honored that Sheriff Barron has agreed to continue as the Region Director for 2022, but more thrilled that he will serve as the Chair of the 2023 Torch Run.  His leadership and enthusiasm will be instrumental in the reengagement of law enforcement in the Torch Run effort in Virginia following COVID,”   said Roy Zeidman, Senior Vice President Special Olympics Virginia.  “Sheriff Baron exemplifies all of Virginia law enforcement in their dedication to helping build unified, inclusive communities where our athletes can live and work.”

Stay tuned for all of the exciting events Special Olympics Virginia has planned in the coming months.

 

 

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The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
committed to 
public safety, public service, and public trust.

 

 

Sheriff Baron Appointed to Opioid Abatement Authority

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Jamie Bastas
 September 9, 2021
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Last week Governor Northam’s administration announced the appointment of Sheriff Baron to the Opioid Abatement Authority. Sheriff Baron’s name was submitted to the Governor’s office by the Virginia Sheriff’s Association for consideration for the position. With this appointment, Sheriff Baron will join ten other individuals from across Virginia to seek out ways to abate the opioid epidemic throughout the Commonwealth.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Opioid Abatement Authority. This mission of the Authority aligns with the goal of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I look forward to working with the team to find ways to eradicate the opioid epidemic and thereby making a difference in lives and communities across Virginia,” stated Sheriff Joe Baron.

The Opioid Abatement Authority was formed to establish criteria and requirements for requests made to the Opioid Abatement Fund, to distribute funds among community service boards to assist in mitigation efforts, and to evaluate the implementation and results of agencies receiving support from the Opioid Abatement Authority.

 

 

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The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
committed to 
public safety, public service, and public trust.

 

 



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