Office of the Sheriff
Message From the Sheriff
Public Safety Building
20281 Rustic Lane
Abingdon VA, 24210
Office Hours 24/7
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 5:00pm
Office Contact Numbers:
Civil Process: 276-676-6010
Central Dispatch: 276-676-6000
Washington County area: 276-676-6277
Bristol Line: 276-669-7134
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is a constitutional office directed by the Sheriff, who is elected at-large for a four-year term. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the enforcement of all laws enacted by state and local governments, and for the investigation of felonies and misdemeanors committed in Washington County. This Office is responsible for the security of the Washington County Courthouse, the judges, court personnel and individuals who visit the courthouse.
The Civil Process Division serves all civil and criminal papers on individuals who reside in Washington County.
The Communications Section dispatches calls to all police, fire and rescue personnel within Washington County and the Towns of Abingdon, Damascus and Glade Spring.
The Division of Animal Control oversees the enforcement of County ordinances and state laws pertaining to the control of domesticated animals and the operation of the C. C. Porter Animal Shelter.
The Division of Litter Control handles litter complaints and operates the Assign a Highway Program.
This division consists of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Division Captains and Communications Supervisor. Each member is heavily counted on to assist the Sheriff in his overall decision-making responsibilities. The Office Manager/Criminal Records Manager is an invaluable group of office support staff, including payroll clerk and receptionist, provide administrative support for all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. The Grants Administrator researches, writes, and maintains the many grants utilized by our Sheriff’s Office. The Fleet Maintenance Supervisor is also assigned to the Administrative Staff and oversees the maintenance of our motor vehicle fleet. The Public Information Officer prepares and distributes media information, as well as coordinates and maintains the Sheriff’s App and the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Frequently Asked Questions
You must be a resident of Washington County, and an application must be filed in the Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will conduct a background investigation on each applicant. You must also provide written documentation that you have been trained in the handling of handguns.
Call the Sheriff’s Office at 276-676-6000 and give detailed information concerning the section of road you are requesting radar or traffic enforcement.
You can come to the Washington County Public Safety Building at 20281 Rustic Lane, Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:45pm. You must bring a photo ID. There is a $10 charge for fingerprinting. We accept cash only.
Call 276-676-6000 between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm and ask to speak to the Offense Report File Clerk. She will send a copy of the report either to you or your insurance company.
Call the Sheriff’s Office at (276) 676-6000 or come by the Sheriff’s Office and obtain a ‘Report of Complaint Against Police Personnel’, fill it out and return it to any member of the Sheriff’s Office; OR write your complaint and mail it to the Sheriff.