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Posted December 30, 2010 | comments 7 Comments

Warren County sheriff looks back at 2010

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Sheriff's Office experienced a good year in 2010, according to Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron, who is looking for more of the same in 2011.

"I think we always rate as far as our office goes a major accomplishment is ensuring the safety of the community," McEathron said. "I think that's always [at] the top of our minds and we think we've done a good job of that over the last year and look forward to doing that again next year."

A major accomplishment in 2010 was beginning construction on a new public safety building that will house the agency, McEathron said.

"We're able to see that start to happen now and look forward into next year of that being completed and us moving into a new facility," McEathron said. "The original timeline, which we expect to be the same as it was then, is December -- this time next year we should be in our new facility if everything holds to the original timeline."

The new public safety building, which will be located near Skyline High School, will give the Sheriff's Office a number of advantages, McEathron said.

"We'll have a lot of different things that are at our disposal right there with a forensic-type lab and processing bays and all those different things," he said. "What it'll do is it'll help the situation to where you have areas of expertise, such as our computer crimes unit and those kind of things will have an office and equipment and everything designated specifically for that instead of working out of a closet."

McEathron also was pleased to announce that most serious crime was held in check again in 2010.

"We like to think it's because of good law enforcement services and being out there and being proactive," McEathron said. "We have a lot in our community, but nothing has seriously gone up in any type of crime statistics or anything like that. We seem to have remained pretty consistent over the several years of what we have experienced and what goes on in Warren County."

McEathron, who became sheriff in 2004 and who overseers roughly 78 sworn officers, said the community plays a big role in helping to curb crime.

"We always have had [a] good relationship with the community," he said. "People let us know if there's a concern in certain areas or what may be going on. ... Obviously they've taken ownership in their own community and their subdivisions and making sure that they notify us if they see something that may be of [a] criminal nature or something that may be of concern."

Much of the 216 square miles in Warren County is mountainous, which can make for difficult navigating during inclement weather. However, McEathron said the department fared well during the major snowstorms in 2010.

"Last year with the enormous snow that we had and accumulation, we never had a bit [of] a problem with getting out in the sense of nobody being stuck at the office because they couldn't get out with a vehicle," he said.

"We have the four-wheel drives that we've been working for for years, and it definitely paid off last year because every deputy could [get] out there and respond to situations if they needed to."

In addition to keeping criminals at bay and catching the bad guys, McEathron also is proud of the community work that his officers perform.

"We have our operation telephone that we check on anywhere from 38 to 50 residents a year depending on how many's on the list and then we do have assistance that we give to other organizations out there in their time of need or transportation or delivery of [different] things," he said.

"A citizen knows that it may not fall within a certain job description of what a deputy may do but anytime they need something, it may be something very, very simple or not necessarily a law-enforcement type complaint or issue, but they know the deputy is going to respond and take care of their problem."


    Did we miss the report on the number of times the "free" $273,000 Lenco Bearcat Armored Personnel Carrier/Tank was used to quell disturbances or bulldoze into a living room full of drug crazed mentally imbalanced hostage holding perpetrators? Warren Sheriff Daniel McEathron says: "A person who ... doesn't think we need something like this is a fool." "Some of these people don't have a clue what they're talking about." Clueless fools vote, perhaps explaining how politicians achieve office.

    Did we miss the report on the number of hours the $8,000 three wheeler T-3 Motion was used to patrol parking lots? Sheriff McEathron: "Instead of having a deputy go out there in his cruiser, park a car, and keep moving it from location to location, he's able to have his radio and everything with him, have his vehicle in the area and then patrol across the street to Riverton Commons, back and forth to Crooked Run and go to all the businesses out there and patrol the parking lot," McEathron said. "We think it's been very effective."

    Has any citizen ever seen the T-3 Motion parking lot patrol vehicle on duty anywhere, anytime?

    I have been out to Riverton Commons and Crooked Run during various hours and days of the week, sometimes multiple trips--I hate to admit. Never once did I see the Sherrif's new toys. Probably becuase it was just plain bitter cold. I guess that didn't factor into the use equation. Who in their right mind would want to drive around the parking lot on a tri-cycle. I did see however several panhandlers--if that is still the politically correct term. BTW...I gave them a few bucks. I wonder if the tri-cycle can out run a panhandler? Could be interesting.

    You people are something..... It's easy to tell who lived to close to Avtex.

      Hang on tight, Claymore. Here comes another helping of 'something'.

      Purchase of this T-3 vehicle was not well thought out in advance. It is useless. But it will look perfect in the 175th Anniversary Parade, right in front of the Shriner Clown Cars and behind the remote control lawn mower

      The T-3 can't be driven from headquarters to Riverton Commons.... you need a tow vehicle and a trailer to get it anywhere useful. If the T-3 Deputy arrests someone, then what happens? Does the T-3 have a sidecar to transport a prisoner? Nope, it can't transport a detained suspect. Does the Deputy then walk the handcuffed prisoner over to the tow vehicle, lock him in the back seat in 100 degree heat (or freezing cold....take your pick), walk back to retrieve the T-3, load it on the trailer and then take the suspect before a magistrate? (Remember, every criminal is entitled to speedy trial and all this delay might cause problems.) Or does the T-3 Deputy call for another Deputy with another police vehicle to come help? Maybe this is a job suitable for that free Lenco Bearcat? Using two Deputies for a one Deputy job seems entirely reasonable if that's what you are used to, so Sheriff McEathron squandered $8,000 on a parade toy instead of bullet proof vests or communication upgrades. At least the money wasn't squandered on Krispy Kreme glazed donuts...... was it?

      I too have never seen the T-3 on duty but ..... ah, gotta go...I think the Bearcat is coming up my driveway.

    From the "Mine Is Bigger Than Yours Department": Did you know the Dog Catcher building in Prince William County is bigger than Warren County's new Sheriffs building?

    In the Grand Scheme of Things, dog catchers also need lots of room for forensic labs....

    You people can set back and say what you want. All you want to do is put down any type of change. Danny is doing a GREAT JOB as our Sheriff. All of the new equipment he is getting is to help us. This will provide a quicker response when you call for service. You want to put down the Sheriff and not support his office until you need them to save your butt. OOOH!! thats right, let's not get them anything they need, because I'll never need their help, but the minute you do need help, SOMEBODY call the Sheriff's Office, now they are the greatest thing on earth. You need to thanking Danny for all the work he does to find the money to get the equipment (some at no cost) to provide a safer place for us. Unless you are in or have been around law enforcement, I don't see how you can set back and complain about the equipment that is or is not needed to provide safety for our county. Ask question before you start putting down the new equipment. Now, as for the bearcat, that thing will not only protect our deputies while helping us, but it just may save you too, by a deputy getting you in it and out if harms way. But here again, think about the deputy that leaves his or her family at the start of the work day and don't know if they are going to see their again or not. All of this equipment may help that deputy get back home to their family safe at the end of that midnight shift. Well, I will stop now. To Danny and all of his deputies, THANKS for providing us with a safe place to live and work. God Bless each of you for the job you do.

    Some people should not even be allowed to speak! Before you throw around accusations about the cost of the "toys" at the Sheriff's Office, maybe you should do your homework. The majority of these "toys" you speak of, you know the ones that protect your community from those things that never happen, Beause I am sure New York planned on having two planes crash into the heart of their city, and DC planned on having their Pentagon hit, And Oklahoma City planned on that bombing too. Yes these things NEVER happen! Well, the majority of these "toy' they were pruchased with grants! So, I don't know about you, but I prefer to have my Sheriff's office ran by intelligent people that plan ahead, no one knows when tragedy will strike, we can only be prepared for the worst. So, to Sheriff McEathron and his staff, thank you for all you do for our community! Thank you for be away from your families at night, on weekends, during holidays,to keep my family safe. I appreciate everything you do. Keep up the good work!

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