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The Communications Center
The Sheriff operates a Communications Center that is different and separate from the County's 911 Center. The Sheriff's Office Communications Center is currently manned by one (1) supervisor, five (5) full-time communications officers and one (1) part-time communications officer. The center is open 24 hours a day and 365 days per year. View the Communications Division staff directory.

Communications Officers
A Communications Officer is a "reporter". They will "interview" you to determine the nature of a call, what is going on or what has happened, and will respond by relaying the report to a law enforcement officer. A Communications Officer's job description is: "Under regular supervision, performs skilled work on a technical level handling phone and radio communication activity for the county. Receives calls, determines the nature of a call, provides information, dispatches calls, and provides assistance to officers and citizens".

Communications Officers attend a basic communications officer school that lasts for 10 days, a VCIN (Virginia Criminal Information Network) certification school for 3 days, and receive on the job training for 6 months to 1 year.

What Communication Officers Do
Sheriff's Office Communications Officers communicate with all law enforcement entities who work in Orange County. On a daily basis, they could interact with:
  • The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Gordonsville Town Police
  • The National Park Service
  • Orange Town Police
  • Sheriff's Office personnel
  • The Virginia State Police

They also assist other agencies such as:
  • The Central Virginia Regional Jail
  • The Commonwealth's Attorney
  • The Department of Social Services
  • ECC (Fire/Rescue)
  • Juvenile probation officers
  • Lake of the Woods Security
  • Magistrates
  • Orange County Courts
  • Orange County government entities
  • Pawn shops
  • Phone companies
  • Power companies
  • Public Works for both the Town of Orange and the Town of Gordonsville
  • Sheltering Arms
  • Surrounding jurisdictions
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation

The Sheriff's Communications Center handled approximately 28,250 incidents in 2012.