The Uniform Operations Division is the most visible entity of the Sheriff’s Office. Uniform Operations consists of three patrol shifts (Day, Evening, Midnight), the Safe Streets Unit, Youth Services Unit, and a Warrant Officer. Uniform Operations is the largest division within the agency.
The men and women of the Uniform Patrol Operations Division perform many critical functions to support the vision of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and represent approximately 74% of sworn staffing. The effective sworn strength of Uniform Operations as of December 31, 2014, was, including Youth Services, 129 officers (149 authorized). Deputies in the division focus on high visibility proactive patrol of our community and are the first responders to any incident requiring a law enforcement response, to include reported crimes, traffic accidents or citizens needing assistance. Not only do our deputies work within the boundaries of Hanover, the overwhelming majority live within its communities and have a vested stake in providing the best protection for our citizens, many of whom are our family and friends. Maintaining strong ties within our community is essential to providing services tailored to the needs of our community.
Effective September 1, 2011, the Sheriff's Office went from a 17 beat system to an 8 zone/27 beat system. The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is the primary provider of law enforcement services in zones 10 through 70. The Ashland Police Department provides law enforcement services within the 80 zone, which is the Town of Ashland.