Community Services


The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office prides itself on taking an active part in our community and in offering programs that will assist citizens in leading safe and happy lives.


Victim Information & Notification Everyday



VINE is a 24 hour notification system designed to keep victims informed on the custody status of their offenders. Victims can register to be notified by telephone or email when that status changes. If you are concerned about an offender in a local jail call VINE @ 800.467.4943 or go to

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Project Lifesaver


Project Lifesaver is an active response to the problem of locating wandering persons before they become victims. Project Lifesaver relies on pulse-carrier wave radio-frequency technology, complemented by a search and rescue team that has received specialized training. People who use the program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing and a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area to begin the search. For more information concerning Project Lifesaver, please contact
Doug Hatchell, Crime Prevention Specialist @ 434.738.6171 or you can visit their website @
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Child Safety Seat Installation



If you are a new parent, grandparent or caregiver, The Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office has officers that have been trained in the proper installation of child safety seats. If you would like assistance in installing a child seat, please contact any of the officers listed below:
 BJ Mull  434.210.2241 ~ Jamie King 434.210.2248 ~ Chuck Barton 434.738.5398
You can also visit the
Virginia Dept. of Health website for more information.

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Neighborhood Watch Program



The Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office is available to assist citizens in forming a neighborhood watch for their area. We will be happy to come out and speak to you and your neighbors on getting started and maintaining your program so that you will achieve the maximum benefits.
Please contact Crime Prevention Specialists Doug Hatchell @ 434.738.6171 for more information.




A local TRIAD consists of the sheriff, police chiefs and older or retired leaders in the community who agree to work together to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly. Important to each TRIAD is an advisory council of law enforcement leaders and older persons which serves as a sounding board, information channel and catalyst for renewing emphasis on reducing crimes against the elderly.
The Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office along with TRIAD, hosts several programs and seminars to keep people informed on the growing number of scams and fraudulent activity concerning our community. One such program is the annual Senior Citizens Police Academy which is a three hour class held every week for six weeks. Some of the topics covered in the SCP Academy include 911 communications, substance abuse, DUI enforcement, driving safety, firearms safety, domestic violence and magistrate duties.
Crime Prevention Specialist Doug Hatchell has received extensive training in all areas of crime prevention and is available to come out and speak to groups on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, scams or other fraudulent acts.
File of Life is another program that is designed to protect seniors. The File of Life is designed as an information packet for the elderly (especially those that live alone) to inform rescue personnel of emergency contacts, medical conditions and medications if emergency services are dispatched to their residence.  The packet contains an information card that is to be completed, placed back into it's magnetic sleeve and put on the refrigerator. Mecklenburg 911 is then informed that the occupant of this residence has a File of Life card available. This can save valuable minutes when rescue arrives at the resident's home.  These cards are available at the Sheriff's Office.
Other programs include the installation of peep holes and the Shredder Program.
For more information contact Doug Hatchell, Crime Prevention Specialist @ 434.738.6171 or visit the
TRIAD website.
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  • OFFERED by Mecklenburg County E911 Communications
    The CodeRED emergency notification system is an extremely high speed telephone communication service that can deliver customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses at the proven capacity of millions of calls per day. The CodeRED system provides County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county in case of severe weather  such as severe thunderstorm  warnings, tornadoes, or flash floods.  This system is capable of dialing the entire County within minutes.  It delivers a pre-recorded message describing the situations to a live person or an answering machine in the affected area, possibly including instructions requiring immediate action on the part of the recipient.
    Citizens must register to be on the calling list.
    CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well. Your contact information remains private and will only be used for severe weather notifications in  your area. You will also receive messages through that system.
    If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called. One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database, this is an extremely important feature.
    All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. 
    CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages. 
    You will know that the call is from CodeRED weather warning when you see the number 800-566-9780 on your caller ID. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.

    CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings.


     Click here to sign up:


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