Prince William County Sheriff's Office

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Prince William County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation PWCSO
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Patch of the Prince William County Sheriff's Office
Badge of the Prince William County Sheriff's Office
Agency overview
Formed 1731
Employees 94
Annual budget $8.9 million (FY14)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Prince William in the state of Virginia, USA
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Map of Prince William County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 348 square miles (900 km2)
Population 402,002
Legal jurisdiction Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park
Governing body County (US)
Constituting instrument Yes
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Manassas, Virginia
Deputys 79
Civilians 15
Agency executive Glendell Hill, Sheriff
Stations 1
Official Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Prince William County, Virginia Sheriff's Office was established in 1731 to provide law enforcement and jailers for the County. In 1970, the Board of County Supervisors established the Prince William County Police Department which assumed the primary responsibility for law enforcement. In 1982, the Prince William County Adult Detention Center opened and assumed the duties of jailers. The Sheriff is a constitutional office elected by the Prince William County, City of Manassas and City of Manassas Park to provide certain public safety services.


Court Services[edit]

The Court Services Division includes both courtroom and courthouse security in and around the Prince William County Judicial Center Complex 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Deputies maintain order and facilitate the movement of prisoners in and out of the courtrooms. Duties include the protection of life and property for judges, court personnel, attorneys, citizens, prisoners and the entire court complex structure. State-of-the-art security systems are in place and all persons and packages entering the building are screened.


Prince William County Sheriff's Dodge Charger
Prince William County Sheriff's Dodge Charger
  • Civil Process The Prince William County Sheriff's Office Civil Process Deputies carry serve approximately 85,000 civil papers annually. The Deputies execute all court ordered Levies, Writs of Possession, Petitions, Protective Orders and delinquent tax warrants.
  • Transportation Deputies assigned to this section have the responsibility of moving prisoners to and from the Judicial Center and coordination of all mental proceedings and civil transports to court-ordered hospitals.
  • Fugitive Investigation Fugitive Investigation includes investigations into all fugitive and pretrial warrant service, which includes probation violations as well as planning and organizing extraditions from other states.


The Administrative Services section is responsible for processing all the civil papers the Department receives for service, collecting service fees, budgeting, and records management. Tracking and disbursement of civil papers is state mandated. The Sheriff's Office has integrated its records management system with the County's geographical information system for real-time address verification.

Professional Standards[edit]

The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for maintaining state accreditation, recruiting and training staff, and internal affairs investigations. This section also coordinates community service events and numeraous partnerships with non-profit groups such as the Red Cross and the Rape Crisis Center. In 2005, the Sheriff's Office achieved re-accreditation for a second time, ensuring the highest level of standards are consistently met. New recruits must complete six months of basic law enforcement training. Mandatory in-service training is required for all deputies to maintain certification. Citizen satisfaction is valued and any concerns are thoroughly investigated.

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