Henrico County Sheriff's Office

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Henrico County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation HCSO
Agency overview
Formed 1611
Employees 361
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Henrico in the state of Virginia, USA
Map of Virginia highlighting Henrico County.svg
Map of Henrico County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 245 square miles (630 km2)
Population 306,935
Legal jurisdiction Henrico County
Governing body County (US)
Constituting instrument Yes
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Agency executive Michael L. Wade, Sheriff
Official Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Henrico County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) provides law enforcement services for 306,935 people within 245 square miles (630 km2) of jurisdiction within Henrico County, VA.


Henrico County Jail, circa 1861

The HCSO was created in 1611 when Thomas Dale was appointed as the first law enforcement officer in Henrico, making him Henrico's first Sheriff.

In 1880, the first courthouse and jail was constructed and housed the Sheriff's Office and Jail until 1980. In 1980, in the need for a more technological advanced and more spacious area, the Jail West at the Henrico County Government Complex was constructed. In 1996, Henrico's Sheriff's Office opened Jail East in New Kent County.[1]


The agency is currently headed by Sheriff Michael L. Wade. The HCSO has one of the largest sheriff's offices in the Commonwealth with over 361 sworn and civilian staff.[2]

Regional Jail East & West[edit]

Regional Jail East is maintained and secured by the Henrico County Sheriff and the Henrico County Sheriff's Office.[3]

Regional Jail West is a maximum security facility that houses both pre-trial and post-trial inmates. It is also the headquarters of the Office of the Sheriff, Administrative Services, Court Services and Human Resources.[4]

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