Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides direct services to victims of crime in Chesterfield County, including explanation of the criminal justice process, court escorts, and referrals to other local agencies for counseling and/or financial assistance. The Program includes a Domestic Violence Unit, as well as a Sexual Assault Services Coordinator. Each victim's case is given personal attention, with services designed to meet the needs of the victim and/or victim's family members individual needs.
Pretrial Services Program assists the courts in determining which offenders must remain in jail and those who qualify for release on bond, or pre-trial supervision, while awaiting trial. The program is designed for non-violent offenders and helps preserve jail facilities for violent criminals. This effort alleviates overcrowding in the jail while saving taxpayers dollars. The office seeks funding from the Department of Corrections to establish and maintain this program.
Community Involvement in Crime Prevention is part of the office's effort to maintain an informed alliance of citizens, police officers and prosecutors. It assists the Community Service Division of the Sheriff's Office in talking with school groups who are on tour of the court complex. The staff works closely with the Police Department by volunteering to speak to groups in schools, neighborhood and business watch organizations, church groups, clubs, PTAs and civic groups. Arrangements for a speaker may be made through the Adult Criminal Division.
Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force coordinates police resources and information to combat drug trafficking within multi-jurisdictional boundaries. The office participates in two multi-jurisdictional task forces: the North End Task Force, which encompasses northern Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond and Hanover; and the South End Task Force, which covers southern Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.
Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Criminal Justice Board develops pre-trial court services and community-based corrections programs consistent with the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act and Pre-Trail Services Act. It provides a range of community-based sanctions and services designed to promote public safety, defendant accountability and rehabilitation. The board reviews all aspects of the criminal justice system, as it impacts Chesterfield and Colonial Heights, and includes its findings in a Biennial Plan that is directed at achieving a community-oriented justice system.