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A Message from Sheriff Antionette V. Irving

In completing my second year as Sheriff here in the City of Richmond, I would like to thank the citizens for their trust and confidence placed in me to oversee the operations of the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office (RCSO). The RCSO is one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Commonwealth with nearly 500 sworn and civilian staff members. We are not only responsible for the operations of the Richmond City Justice Center (RCJC) and the safety and security of the residents in our jail, we are also responsible for the safety of the citizens, judges and staff at our three courthouses: John Marshall, Manchester, and Oliver Hill. RCSO provides service of civil process and the execution of court ordered documents, transportation of inmates, and the safety of the general public.

Moving forward we will continue serving the citizens with excellence and ensuring we provide the best level of customer service to all who interact with the various divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. During 2019, we have continued to develop a rapport with universities and colleges to grow and enhance levels of our staff members. We were awarded the 2019 JAG Law Enforcement grant for Recruitment and Training. We continued to build relationships with the youth, citizens in the communities and schools by participating in various school activities and community programs.

We received two grants to assist in the development of our population and staff members: U. S Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs/ BJA 2nd Chance Act: Innovations in Re-Entry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement, and Mental Health jail Pilot Program (MHJPP). We grew our residential weekend program and New Environment Action Team (NEAT) to assist with the cleanup in the communities of our city by removing trash and debris. We also worked with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to have individuals from DOC to return to Richmond to work while completing their sentence which helps to build a rapport with family and community while preparing to return home. Our continuing goal here at the Sheriff’s Office is to ensure that programming build individuals to be work ready, home ready and community ready. Additionally, we started using tablet visitation to enhance the bonding within families thorough improving the access to family members.

One area of focus moving forward is recruitment and retention. As we continue to have unfilled deputy positions we strive to increase salaries of our staff members at entry-level deputy and supervisory positions to ensure that we are able to recruit, hire and retain officers to serve this city at the highest level of professionalism. The second area of focus will be training and development for all staff members. We will work to ensure that our staff members are able to communicate within our culturally diverse environment as well as with those that may be differently-abled. Another area of focus will be accountability. As we grow, expectations shall grow for our staff members, vendors and contractors, volunteers, population and administration. A critically immense focus is securing funding for a new software application to replace the antiquated Jail Management System (JMS), which is the life line to our operations, which remains a priority of the office. We will continue to focus on programs and services provided to the inmate population to ensure readiness of individuals in areas of re-entry, mental health, substance abuse and addiction, homelessness, workforce development, education (academic and vocational), skills building, personal growth and development, family mediation, parenting, restorative justice, life skills and entrepreneurship. We will also continue to work on infrastructure improvement and funding sources to ensure the execution of services.

As this era of change in the City of Richmond continues, we look forward to proficient relationships and partnerships with different Richmond agencies and those of our neighboring jurisdictions in the Central Virginia region. We look forward to working with Mayor Levar Stoney and his administration, the members of City Council, the Richmond Police Department, Chief Melvin Carter and members of the Richmond Fire Department, the Richmond Ambulance Authority, as well as all other leadership and servant leaders of the Central Virginia community. We look forward to serving the citizens of the City of Richmond with integrity, accountability and excellence.


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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office fully supports the guidelines set forth in this law and has ZERO-TOLERANCE for any and all incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

If you have information of someone being a victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment in this facility, contact the PREA Hotline at (804-612-6126).

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The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office established a ‘Safe Exchange Zone’ at the Richmond City Justice Center

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The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office announced on October 19, 2019, the creation of a new Safe Exchange Zone for in-person transactions with strangers.

The Safe Exchange Zone, located in the Richmond City Justice Center’s front parking lot, is designed as a safe, monitored meeting place to conduct transactions from ECommerce, websites and other forms of social media. It can also be used as a meeting and exchange place for parents and legal guardians with shared custody or visitation rights.

Although the video recording can assist in attempting to identify a suspect if an incident occurs, neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the City assumes responsibility or liability for transactions, damages, or injury.

While the spaces are available on the Sheriff’s Office grounds, Sheriff Office deputies do not participate or act as official witnesses in the transactions but can be dispatched to keep the peace, prevent disorderly conduct, or for criminal offenses.

Location and Hours

Our Safe Exchange Zone is located in two designated well-lit parking spaces in front of the Richmond City Justice Center and is recorded by video 24-hours a day. While video will record the area, the optimal transaction time of Monday – Friday, between 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sheriff Office business hours), is recommended.


The exchange of drugs, weapons, alcohol and other illegal items is not permitted.

All exchanges must be person-to-person. In the case of custody transfer, the Safe Exchange Zone is not a drop-off where parents can leave children for a later pick-up time.

Safety Tips

  • Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
  • Do not go to a transaction alone.
  • Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the transaction details.
  • Insist on meeting in a public area like the Sheriff’s Office Safe Exchange Zone.
  • Do not go into someone else’s house, and do not allow them into your house.
  • Complete the transaction during daylight hours, if possible.
  • Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items as vehicles and jewelry.
  • Trust your instincts, if it sounds like a scam, it probably is a scam.
  • If someone is not willing to come to the Sheriff’s Office to conduct a transaction, this would be a sign to beware of and possibly rethink the meeting.
  • Take your cell phone with you.

2019 RCSO Annual Report

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VINElink Notification

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The Virginia VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Virginia VINE system is (800) 467-4943. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.

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Richmond City Sheriff's Office
City of Richmond
1701 Fairfield Way
Richmond, VA
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