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 fourth Accreditation Award at the Stanley Elementary School during the Page County Board of Supervisors meeting. Chief Battle stated, “That 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-accreditated 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 “that 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.
Deputy Jarrett Hall received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Law Enforcement Award on September 11, 2014 at James Madison University. Deputy Hall was nominated by Sheriff John B. Thomas for having the highest DUI/DUID arrest for the Page County Sheriff's Office. In 2013, Deputy Hall attended the 2013 Mid Atlantic DUI Conference. Deputy Jarrett Hall was nominated for this award because he strives for excellence in protecting his community. When Deputy Hall puts his uniform on his primary focus is to uphold the law. He is eager to work any checking detail and will extend all his efforts towards DUI, seatbelt, and safety seat laws.
MADD-Law Enforcement Award Ceremony-WHSV TV3