242 Allen's Circle
P.O. Box 38
King and Queen Courthouse, VA 23085
Phone: (804) 785-7400
Fax: (804) 785-5489
All Emergencies Dial: 9-1-1
King and Queen County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff John R. Charboneau
Project Lifesaver Program
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Governor Northam issued a Stay at Home order today. Compliance with this order is essential.
The COVID-19 virus is present in our jurisdictions and community based transmission is occurring. I do not believe the current confirmed case counts reflect the true extent of disease in our communities. I am sure the number of people with COVID-19 at this time is much higher. This is because the virus causes a wide range of disease expression, from no symptoms, to mild bad cold symptoms, to severe pneumonia and death. Milder cases may never be tested, and those people may never isolate themselves. Also, the accuracy of the COVID 19 test is not known. A positive test can be relied upon to indicate disease. A negative test only means virus genetic material was not detected at the time of the test, it does not mean you do not have or will not get the disease.
The only chance we have of fighting this virus is to deny it the opportunity to spread person to person. It is imperative that we realize the virus in in our communities right now, and every time we go out we risk getting the disease. We must immediately take the following steps:
1. Stay at home as much as possible, and comply with the Governor’s stay at home order.
2. If you must go out on essential business, practice strict social isolation. Stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands frequently, sanitize surfaces you touch as best you can.
3. If you get sick, stay home, contact your health care provider and follow their advice. Most cases of this disease will self-limit. If you become more ill, especially if you have difficulty breathing, seek health care immediately.
4. Check in with your elderly family and neighbors by phone. Try to avoid as much contact as possible with others.
We still have a chance to limit the impact of this virus on our lives here in rural Virginia. If we fail to take this seriously, if we allow the virus more chances to spread, it will do so and more lives will be lost. Each of us has a duty to act right now to try to save ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.
Richard Williams MD MPH
Director, Three Rivers Health District
The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce a new resource for the citizens of King and Queen County, Project Lifesaver. Over the past year, the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office has been working to establish the Project Lifesaver Program, with the help of donations from local individuals and businesses. The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office strives to bring peace of mind to all the citizens when their loved ones go missing.
Project Lifesaver was established in April of 1999 to assists those who care for Alzheimer’s Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome and any other cognitive condition that causes an individual to wander. The Project Lifesaver Program provides personalized radio transmitters or GPS locators to those individual people that tend to wander. These transmitters assist caregivers and the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office in locating those wandering individuals. Much of the time, wandering individuals are found within 30 minutes.
Do you know of someone who may need this service?
The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications!
This service is FREE of charge, but an application must be submitted to assess the need of the individual. To start the application process, contact Captain Balderson at (804)785-7400 to set up an appointment.
The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office would like to say a special thank you to the following individuals and businesses for there donations and continued support of the King and Queen County Project Lifesaver:
Claudia Lipp Martin
Gibson Logging Inc.
Lower King & Queen Baptist Church
JP Jumpers Foundation
Tappahannock-Warsaw Moose Lodge
The Women of the Tappahannock-Warsaw Moose Lodge
Project Lifesaver is free of charge to families, however, as the need grows the purchase of new equipment will be necessary and the program will need to be continually updated, costing money. If you would like to donate to the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Fund, contact Captain Balderson at (804)785-7400. No donation is too small!
Important Information Pertaining to COVID-19
MESSAGE TO COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS
COMPLIANCE WITH GOVERNOR’S STAY AT HOME ORDER
The King & Queen County Sheriff’s Office mission is to serve, protect and educate the citizens and visitors of King & Queen County. We are here to promote positive change and a safe environment in the King & Queen Community.
Citizens of King and Queen County
It has been an honor to serve as your sheriff for the past 10 years and the renewed faith that you have bestowed upon me to serve an additional four years. We as the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office have strived to provide a professional and courteous Law Enforcement experience to all citizens and visitors to the county. We have done this through a selection processing and hiring the best women and men possible to provide stellar law enforcement practices. We provide the best training and equipment available while working within our approved budget. Our staff is our back bone of our organization and together we will work to continue to provide a high standard of excellence and work to improve where needed.
As we begin to move post-election and look to the future our visions and our goals for the Sheriff’s Office have not changed but never the less have evolved. I often say that every election has strengthened me and my department by forcing us to review our policies, procedures and goals that the citizens expect. My opponent ran a strong campaign, and was very gracious as we stood together election night and received the results. Mark and I have worked and will work seamlessly as our paths cross a great deal in the first responder field.
We have developed many programs that target our most vulnerable citizens our elderly and youth. TRIAD was launched to help educate and protect our seniors. As well as Project Lifesaver that helps locate citizens that tend to wander. With our youth we have placed two SROs in the schools and hope to reintroduce our D.A.R.E Program and our class action into the classrooms. We launched our first ever multi-jurisdictional Explorers Post to target young adults interested in Law Enforcement and development of leadership and character. These programs we will continue to develop, promote and build.
We plan to expand upon our professionalism by becoming accredited and held to a standard accepted by all professional agencies across the commonwealth. We will continue to seek grants and alternative funding to advance education and technology to best equip our staff to meet the many challenges of today. We will work through social media and our website to be transparent as possible and informative to our citizens.
And as I have said the backbone of our organization is our staff, the dedicated women and men that provide around the clock protection to you, our citizens. To include communication staff that dispatch the first responders our support staff that handles hundreds of correspondences every day and our law enforcement professionals. I will work to keep them at or above the regional average pay. I will work to afford them the best training available. And work to reduce turnover with reviewing and implementation of retention programs.
I also would like to congratulate all board supervisors’ members and other elected officials on their reelections. I look forward to working with each of them to continue moving King and Queen County forward. I want to especially congratulate the Commonwealth Attorney elect Meredith Adkins. Our departments work so closely together and have had a great working relationship for the past 20 years under her father. We look forward to sitting down working on expectations and developing strategies to best serve our citizens and the justice system. I know that our working relationship will be just as strong and productive as the past.
I want to once again thank you, the citizens of King and Queen for bestowing your faith and your trust in me to serve you as your Sheriff. Regardless if you voted for me or my opponent or didn’t vote at all I am here to support you and to protect you and your property. And want to hear from you as to your concerns or your compliments so that together we can improve.
Sheriff John R. Charboneau