Some of the very important services we provide our citizens are:
- Dare Program: D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. This program helps to teach our children to say "NO" to drugs and alcohol and to be aware of these types of situations in their everyday lives. Please see www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov for more detailed information.
- School Resource Officers: There is currently one School Resource Officer serving Thomas Hunter Middle School and Mathews High School. The next time you see Deputy April Edwards, take a moment to thank her for making our schools a safer place for our children. Surely her efforts ease the minds of many parents in the community.
- Triad Program: Heading up the Triad Program is Lt. A. S. Foster. Under the Triad program, there are several areas of services for our Mathews County residents.
- Files of Life: Residents fill out a card with very important medical and life saving information. They in turn are then given a "magnet" for their refrigerator. If medical personnel are dispatched to that person's home, and they find the resident unconscious or disabled, they immediately check the refrigerator where the magnet with all the citizens life saving information listed is. This enables the medical personnel to quickly respond to the residents medical needs.
- Project Lifesaver: What is Project Lifesaver? Project Lifesaver is a national, proactive electronic tracking program used to assist in locating people with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and related disorders, as well as children with Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder who wander from home or become lost. How Does It Work? A personalized state-of-the-art battery powered transmitter is used that emits a constant radio signal 24 -hours a day. The radio transmitter is the size of a wrist watch and provides a constant radio signal. Once the Sheriff's Office is notified that a person is missing, deputies identify the signal from a specialized directional antenna and are able to track the wandering person. Deputies have the capability to to search several miles by foot, car or even in the air. Project Lifesaver has responded nationwide to 1700 rescues and all were 100 percent successful with recovery time of less than 30 minutes. What Does It Cost? For less than $100.00, the client will be outfitted with the transmitter, battery and battery tester. After the first month the only cost to the client will be for maintenance supplies. If you would like to sponser someone, your contribution will ensure that the client receive the equipment and service they need. The one time start-up cost of enrolling is $99.00, then only $30.00 per month for maintenance supplies. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
- Caller Reassurance: This service is for our "senior" population. If you know of a senior who is living alone and caring for themselves, please look into this service! Each and every day a volunteer will call that person just to check on them, see if they need anything, or just to chat! It's a wonderful service for our elderly citizens. "Give the gift of a phone call".
- E-911 Address Plates: This program is for elderly or disabled citizens who may need assistance in hanging up their new E-911 address numbers. If you or anyone you know needs this assistance, please call the Sheriff's office at 804-725-7177.
- Avoid Scams & Fraud: An essential part of the Mathews County TRIAD is crime prevention. TRIAD educates seniors on how to avoid being victimized by scams and fraud. Here are a few tips: HANG IT UP! - The easiest way for a con-artist to get your money is via the telephone. Never give any personal information, such as credit card numbers, bank account information, Medicare numbers or driver's license numbers over the telephone, unless you have initiated the call. NEVER pay for a prize over the telephone. NEVER agree to any offer until you have seen it in writing. IF you are interested in buying a product over the telephone, ask the company to send you the information in the mail. A reputable company will be happy to send you the information. Virginia law restricts telemarketers to marking calls between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and prohibits them from calling consumers who have asked not to be called. The National Do Not Call registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. For more information, visit their website at: www.donotcall.gov. TEAR IT UP! - Seniors receive mail from sweepstakes after sweepstakes, informing them that they have won a prize. That prize could be a product, service or even a large sum of money. A letter, sweepstakes notice, or other sales promotion asking you to call for more information may actually be a trap to lure you into high-pressured sales tactics over the telephone. If the sweepstakes is legitimate, you should not have to send any money, give any financial information, or buy anything to win that prize. If you are told you must act immediately or that the offer is only good for that day, hang up the telephone. Be wary of flashy envelopes or personalized letters. Companies spend millions on mailings so they appeal to the consumer. If you do not think it is legitimate, TEAR IT UP!
...and lets not forget these services:
- *627 - If you have a cellular phone from Verizon Wireless and need emergency assistance, please dial *627 for immediate assistance. This is a "Free" call.
- Security Checks for Homes and Businesses - If you know that you will be out of town, stop by the Sheriff's Office to fill out a form that will allow the Sheriff's Deputies to check on your home or business while you are away. Imagine going on vacation and not having to worry about your belongings! Another part of this service is, when you are going to be home and want to make sure your house or business is well protected against break-ins, call the Sheriff's Office to have a Deputy come out to your house and do a security evaluation. It will give you peace of mind!
- Crime Solvers - If you have information on a crime that has happened in our community, please call Crime Solvers at (804) 725-7001. All calls are confidential, no need to give your name! Also, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you may possibly receive a reward!!!
- Neighborhood Watch - Bavon and New Point currently have implemented a successful Neighborhood Watch program. There are also several other communities within Mathews County currently seeking to implement this program. If you would like to involve your community in this wonderful program, please contact the Sheriff.
- Applicant Fingerprinting - Applicant fingerprinting is available to citizens each Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. If this time is problematic; please call 804-725-7177 to schedule an appointment with the on duty deputy.
- Concealed Handgun Permit - For application click HERE
- The application MUST be notarized.
- Attach a copy for verification of safe gun handling: ie: Hunting License, Certificate, or Prior Permit.
- Attach a copy of your state issued Driver's License.