US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANTS
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hire Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is in its 3rd year of a $468,819.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). This grant awarded PCSO funds to fulfill 3 full-time career law enforcement officer positions for the life of the grant requirements and conditions to increase community policing capacity and crime prevention for Page County. The goal of this grant has been to enhance PCSO’s community policing capacity and safety response to the critical issue of violent crime within our community through avenues such as crime prevention.
Community Policing Development (CPD) De-Escalation Training Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) received $200,000.00 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The funds from this grant have been used to purchase a MILO Virtual Simulation Training system that provides customizable simulations through a fully immersive 3-screen theater training environment. The funds also provide continued De-Escalation Train-the-Trainer, De-Escalation Training Program, and De-Escalation Training Scenarios within classroom, simulation, and practical application. The goals throughout this grant are to prepare law enforcement for different situations/incidents that could arise and those that are prevalent throughout our county. To focus trainings that will allow law enforcement officers to practice and improve their de-escalation skill set while increasing cognitive load. The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is the lead agency for this program with the goal to work with other partner agencies in their training through this system.
Milo Virtual Simulation Training System
The MILO Range Theater system provides the user with a fully immersive training environment. With the enhanced field of view that Theater offers, you can increase trainee realism and offer true-to-life training scenarios. The MILO Range Theater is interactive from all directions, allowing trainee responses to multiple threats and applications of proper tactics simultaneously. The system is operated by a single instructor using either touchscreen monitors or wireless tablets; significantly reducing the instructor resources needed. MILO offers scenario-based police training that requires the trainee to choose the appropriate tactic, whether or not that requires the use of a weapon. While marksmanship will always be of the utmost importance, police officers’ split-second decision-making ability is often even more crucial in maintaining public safety and effectively de-escalating the situation. At the Page County Sheriff’s Office, we have 6 operators/Instructors who are trained to control the MILO system in accordance with the training scenarios based on the trainee’s response. After the scenario is complete the trainee will be debriefed about their response to the incident according to the department policy on the appropriate use of force.
Community Policing Development (CPD) Law Enforcement Agency De-Escalation Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) received $128,910.00 in grant funds from the U.S Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). This award supports the Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) as the lead agency for the de-escalation program that will work with other partner agencies in setting up and scheduling their trainings through the MILO system. Each partner agency will send instructors to the classroom Train-the-Trainer. The goal is to have four instructors trained to teach the de-escalation training and will conduct annual refresher classroom de-escalation trainings; this will allow the flexibility of training new officers as they come on-board at their respective agency. Both de-escalation grants are being utilized to enhance and promote a nationally certified comprehensive de-escalation training for all law enforcement officers in Page County. PCSO has recognized the fast-growing epidemic of substance abuse and mental health issues in Page County. This has deemed de-escalation training a top priority for page county’s law enforcement officers.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Drug Treatment Grants
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received two grants totaling $1.2 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to combat the drug use crisis in Page County. The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. The Mission of the Page County (PC) Jail MAT Re-Entry Program is to empower individuals, families, and communities to advance beyond addiction and overcome barriers to healing through an array of quality, compassionate care, and prevention programs. The PC Jail MAT Re-Entry Program respects each individual’s unique journey through recovery and believes the disease of addiction is both preventable and treatable.
The PC Jail MAT Re-Entry Program is committed to the goal of assisting this population through engagement in the process of reentering into a safe and healthy environment. The program provides services to adult men and women who have served or are expecting to serve time in jail/prison and have substance abuse/co-occurring disorders. Through this funding program participants are able to meet with a Case Manager, Licensed Treatment Provider and/or a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist either in person or through the use of telehealth technology. Additionally, program participants are able to take part in various evidence-based groups to best meet the needs of Page County residents. Groups offered include Self-Management and Recovery Training, Anger Management, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Active Parenting, and others as part of their recovery plan.
For information and resources, please contact Louis Podrasky, Jail MAT Re-Entry Coordinator at (540) 244-8312 or email@example.com.
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV) GRANTS
VA Alcohol Enforcement Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $10,200.00 in grant funds from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These funds will be used to purchase breath testing kits (alco-sensors) and conduct alcohol enforcement through saturated patrols, checkpoints, and DMV regulated campaigns (Click It or Ticket & Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over). Our goal through this grant is in line with the statewide goal of reducing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities and serious injuries. The year 2022 had seen its highest number of alcohol-related fatal crashes in Page County for the previous three years.
VA Police Traffic Services (BPT-Speed & Occupant Protection) Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $10,675.00 in grant funds from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These funds will be used to purchase radar units and conduct police traffic services (speed & occupant protection) enforcement through saturated patrols, checkpoints, and DMV regulated campaigns (Click It or Ticket & Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over). Our goals through this grant are in line with the statewide goals of reducing unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant and speed-related fatalities and serious injuries. The year 2022 had seen its highest number of unrestrained-related fatal crashed in Page County for the previous three years.
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (VDEM) GRANTS
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Page County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $8,750.00 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and allocated from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). These funds will be used to expand and enhance our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The program includes CPR/AED, First Aid, Stop the Bleed, refresher courses, and more for our law enforcement officers, fire, EMS, first responders, and citizens of Page County. The program initiatives are for community preparedness, prevention, planning, safety, and security in the event of a terrorist attack, emergency, or disaste
DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRANTS
America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Law Enforcement Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $415,000.00 in grant funds from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). These funds are being used to purchase equipment and supplies that support our efforts to reduce violent crime and gun violence throughout Page County. Page County has seen a disproportionate increase in violent crime and gun violence since 2019. This grant is making it possible for PCSO to purchase items that will allow its Emergency Response Team (ERT) members, investigators, and deputies to have the necessary equipment that is used during incidents where high-risk violence and gun violence is known and unknown more efficiently and effectively. Specific vehicle types, tactical/ballistic equipment, and other supplies necessary for use in the event of violent crime and gun violent calls.
Local Law Enforcement Block (LOLE) Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $1,303.00 in grant funds from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). These funds are being used to purchase mobile data terminal (MDT) equipment and supplies that are mounted in deputy vehicles. This will allow deputies the capability to work within the field, answer calls via MDT, view call notes, and receive GPS data & information.
School Resource Officer (SRO) Incentive Grant Program
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $112,316.00 in grant funds from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to continue the two full-time School Resource Officers (SRO) at Luray Elementary and Shenandoah Elementary Schools. This grant has made it possible for all Page County public schools to have an SRO physically on campus to provide security and crime prevention. SROs promote school safety by decreasing barriers between law enforcement, students, staff, and parents. The goals of this grant are to maintain school safety, order, accountability, and discipline at Luray Elementary and Shenandoah Elementary Schools by decreasing criminal and negative behavior on or near each campus; increasing student volunteer participation with PCSO sponsored crime prevention community; and to increase the number of crime prevention educational classes/activities within Luray Elementary and Shenandoah Elementary Schools.
STATE POLICE GRANTS
Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $12,500.00 in funding from the Virginia State Police to use for the fight against auto theft in Page County. These funds will go towards purchasing the necessary equipment for auto and auto part theft investigations. PCSO is working with the HEAT program through the Virginia State Police to prevent auto and auto part theft, respond to such calls more efficiently and effectively with the proper equipment. Auto part theft has been a rising issue within Page County. While auto theft is a devastating crime for the vehicle owner, stolen vehicles are often used to commit even more serious crimes.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $10,000.00 in funding for the Virginia State Police. These funds will go towards purchasing the necessary equipment for our Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigations. PCSO is an active member of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro (NOVA/DC) ICAC Task Force coordinated by the Virginia State Police. Our mission is to intercept, track down, and arrest those who operate on the World Wide Web to sexually exploit children through use of the internet, electronics, and related means.
PAGE COUNTY GRANTS
Drug-Free Coalition Grant
The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has received $17,000.00 in grant funds through Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA) as a sub-grantee to conduct alcohol & tobacco compliance checks on Page County vendors, drug interdictions, saturated party & parking lot patrols, and social media patrols. In partnership with PACA, PCSO’s goal is to promote healthy life choices for youth and families by focusing on preventing substance misuse in Page County.