Sheriff's Office Welcomes 23 New Deputies
The Sheriff's Office welcomed 23 new sheriff's deputies to its ranks after a graduation ceremony on November 17 at George Mason University. Four women and 19 men took the law enforcement officers oath and received their deputy sheriff badge before a large crowd of family, friends and colleagues.
Keynote speaker Hugh McKinney, a retired FBI agent and president of Strategic Leadership, Inc., asked the graduates, "What is it that you got when your law enforcement agency got you?"
First of all, "you got a job," said McKinney, but he had a list of other benefits for the graduates to consider. "You got knowledge, skills and abilities...You got comrades, partners and leaders...You got expectations, yours and others." Most importantly, McKinney said, "you have been given trust--your agency's trust, your comrades' trust and your community's trust. Make us proud."
Each new deputy is assigned to one of four squads who operate the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Two squads rotate from days to nights monthly; the other squads are either fixed days or fixed nights. The ADC books almost 26,000 individuals annually and has an average daily inmate population of 1,226. Later career assignments might include providing security in the courthouse or serving civil process on behalf of the courts.
Prior to taking their oath, deputy sheriff recruits spend four weeks learning about confinement, civil process, courts and inmate transportation before joining police recruits for six months of in-class and hands-on training at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy in Chantilly, Va. Throughout their careers, all deputies are required to complete 40 hours of in-service training every two years to maintain their law enforcement certification.