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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.

 

 

SCAM WARNING! Someone posing as a Norfolk Sheriff's Office employee is trying to cheat you

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office has received multiple phone calls from residents who have recently received a phone call and/or message from someone claiming to be from the Norfolk Sheriff's Office. The person, who has reportedly used the name Sgt. Mike Johnson, is informing residents that they have missed jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. He continues by telling the citizen that they need to pay a fine or spend one day in jail.

THIS IS A SCAM.

As a reminder, the Norfolk Sheriff's Office will NEVER call asking for money and correspondence regarding jury duty is always done through the mail.

One phone number we know is being used to try and perpetrate this fraud is (757) 946-5424. If you call this number back, there is a recording that says: "You have reached the Norfolk Sheriff's Office." 

THIS NUMBER IS NOT AFFILIATED OR ASSOCIATED WITH THE NORFOLK SHERIFF'S OFFICE!  Its use has been reported to other law enforcement agencies who will assist us in the investigation of this fraud.

If you have fallen victim to this scam and sent money to the callers, please call the Norfolk Police Department's Economic Crimes Division to file a report.

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Masks Required in Norfolk Consolidated Courthouse

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Jamie Bastas
 July 31, 2021
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This evening the City of Norfolk mandated that masks be worn in all City buildings regardless of vaccination status. In light of that decision, as well as current CDC guidance, the Chief Judge of the Norfolk Circuit Court has directed that, effective Monday, August 2, 2021 and until further notice, a face covering will be required to be worn by all citizens entering the Norfolk Consolidated Courthouse and in all public spaces therein. The face covering must be worn so it covers the mouth and nose. Visitors are also encouraged to maintain six feet distance while inside the Norfolk Consolidated Courthouse.

The decision to mandate masks was made because the City of Norfolk has seen a recent spike in breakthrough cases (meaning people who are vaccinated but still got COVID-19). Additionally, the CDC now has Norfolk listed at a level of “HIGH” for community transmission.

For more information on the announcement from the City of Norfolk, please visit https://www.norfolk.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5638.

 

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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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