Annual Report 11/5/2020
Martinsville Sheriff’s Office
Date: November 5, 2020
A. A description of the concerns voiced from the community:
There were no concerns expressed to our office during this past year.
B. A description of potential problems that have a bearing on law enforcement activities
within the community:
Since the Martinsville Police Department is the primary law enforcement entity within
Martinsville, any potential problems concerning criminal activity shall be passed on to the
Martinsville Police Department. This is especially true when it concerns potential
informants, vice-drug complaints and contraband in the jail.
Our responsibility is in the security of the courthouse and surrounding municipal building
and parking areas.
Retention of Sheriff’s Office employees continues to be a goal that should continue to be
an important objective. I believe that consistent turnover of employees constitutes a
security risk that in turn has a bearing on how we can best perform our mission.
No recommendations for concerns.
D. Future Goals and Objectives:
Planning and research will be conducted concerning the reversion process for the City of Martinsville and the concerns it may have for our department. Planning and research is still continuing concerning the growing concerns and costs with the overcrowding of inmates in our jail facility.
E. Department Statistics:
Subpoenas received: 4,399
Jury Summons received: 548
Levies received: 137
Other Civil Process: 11,535
Inmate transports other than to local courts: 571
Mental patient trips within jurisdiction: 7
Mental patient trips out of jurisdiction: 43
Extraditions completed: 20
3. CIRCUIT COURT:
Circuit Court days: 180
Average number Circuit Court Judges 1
4. GENERAL DISTRICT COURT:
General District Court days: 124
Average number General District Court Judges: 1
5. JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT:
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court days: 116
Average number Juvenile & Domestic Court Judges: 1
F. Agency Activities:
The jail inmate visitation procedures were upgraded with newer technology and video capabilities to help reduce civilian contact during the Covid-19 pandemic. This process will help inmates have the opportunity to communicate with their family and loved ones more efficiently and safely than before. The jails Polycom (video) system is up and running to help keep the movement of inmates down and the possibility of an inmate being exposed to the coronavirus from an outside source. This will also help to keep the transport of inmates down within our courts and the transport of inmates to other jurisdictions as well. A federal grant for Covid-19 relief was awarded to our department to help support a broad range of activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. A designated laptop is also used for zoom counseling sessions between Piedmont Community Services and inmate clients.