On March 17, 2015, Chief Lewis Battle, Commissioner of Professional Standards Commission, and Chief of Warrenton Police Department, presented Sheriff John Thomas, and the Page County Sheriff’s Office, their 4th Accreditation Award at the Stanley Elementary School during the Page County Board of Supervisors meeting. Chief Battle stated, “the fourth award equals 16 years of excellence”.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office received initial Accreditation in 2003, placing it in the prestigious category of being the 16th Accredited Sheriff’s Office, out of 92, in the Commonwealth. Since 2003, the Sheriff’s Office remains the only law enforcement agency within Page County that received state accreditation. Before an agency can be re-accredited they must be in compliance with 187 standards set by The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. These standards are divided into four general subject areas: Administration, Operations, Personnel, and Training. Sheriff Thomas said “this would not be possible without exceptional staff.”Accreditation is an on-going process whereby agencies evaluate policy and procedure against established criteria, and have compliance with that criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Accreditation requires that agency policies and procedures are in written form and are available to all agency personnel at all times. Accreditation assures employees that every aspect of the agency’s personnel system is in accord with professional standards, and that the system is both fair and equitable. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery. The ultimate goal of all accreditation programs is enhanced service delivery.
On October 21, 2014, Doug Stader, DMV Regional Coordinator, presented Sheriff John B. Thomas with two, 2014 Click-It or Ticket Seat Belt Use Awards. The presentation was made during the Page County Board of Supervisors regular meeting. The Page County Sheriff’s Office earned these awards during the May 2014 Click-It or Ticket Campaign. The first award was for the Most Improved Seat Belt Use among agencies in Virginia of a similar size. In addition, the agency earned a Highest Seat Belt Usage Award. Click-It or Ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign known when it comes to increase the national seat belt usage rate.
MADD Harrisonburg Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony 2015
On Monday, September 14, 2015, MADD, along with District Nine ASAP and Old Dominion ASAP, identified Deputy Michael Myers as a top law enforcement officer and recognized him at their 2015 Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony.
During the calendar year 2014, Deputy Myers demonstrated lifesaving work that law enforcement officers are involved with when they help to stop people from driving while impaired. His efforts c...ontributed to the reduction of drunk driving incidences over the past year through making the most drunk and drugged driving arrest at the Page County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Michael Myers has dedicated the last 17 years of his life to law enforcement. He has attended numerous DUI/DUID trainings throughout his career.