Board of Supervisors Recognizes Sheriff's Office Community Programs
Feb. 23, 2009
The Sheriff's Office Honor Guard and the Community Labor Force were recognized in separate ceremonies during February by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The Board recognized the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard for its accomplishments in a 2008 competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The Honor Guard placed first in the best-dressed category and second in the marching competition. The annual event is held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Supervisor Jeff McKay (Lee District), who requested the recognition from the Board, said, "The Sheriff's Office Honor Guard always makes Fairfax County proud. Your presence at regional events drives home the fact of what a great county this is and the level of professionalism that we have."
Supervisor Gerry Hyland (Mt. Vernon District), a retired Air Force Colonel, agreed. "Your military bearing is absolutely incredible; it's absolutely first class. This is an honor well won," he said.
The Sheriff's Community Labor Force, an alternative incarceration program for nonviolent inmates, provides landscaping, litter control and bus stop maintenance countywide. About 40 inmates are in the program. On a typical day, half of the inmates go out, with no more than five inmates per sheriff's deputy.
In 2008, the CLF saved county taxpayers over $1 million. The program also helps the carefully-screened inmates develop employable skills and earn Judicial Good Time for their efforts.
The CLF recognition was initiated by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (Hunter Mill District). Several other Board members offered testimonials about the positive impact the CLF has in their respective districts. Below are before and after photos of an abandoned campsite cleanup in the Hunter Mill District.