Bulletproof Vests Donated to VA Law Enforcement

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A bulletproof vest can be the last – and only – line of defense for law enforcement. But nationwide, it’s estimated as many as 200,000 officers are working without them.

Now, with some high-profile help, one man is working to help Virginia’s protectors get the equipment they need. Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown is on a mission to put vests on every officer who needs one – in Virginia and across the country.

“Probably the most important piece is his weapon. The second most important piece of safety equipment, or equipment, is the ballistic vest,” Brown said.3058973_G

But that protection doesn’t come free; one vest can cost as much as $600, a price some police departments and sheriff’s offices in the state can’t afford. That’s where Brown is stepping in. With help from Moose International, Brown’s nonprofit, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, is donating 33 new vests.

Some like the Waynesboro Sheriff’s Office can’t afford them, and will be able to equip all four deputies for the first time. Town of Louisa police say their five new vests will help keep officers safe in a time of tight budgets.

Brown is also getting high-profile help from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, whose office is awarding $245,000 to pay for more than 500 vests in Virginia. The money is part of a $115 million Medicaid fraud settlement reached last year.

“These law enforcement officers, whether they be deputies or police officers, are protecting us,” Brown said, “and they should have every piece of equipment they can possibly have to protect them.”

Brown’s effort only began about three months ago. Already, it has secured funding to equip more than 650 officers and deputies with new vests.

Original Link: Posted on http://nbc29.com
Date: Dec 5, 2013

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CAPTURED UPDATE – Jason Stevens from Bedford County’s Most Wanted



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Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens was captured on 12/04/2013.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community for their response to the Most Wanted posts and also for the tips sent in regarding the location/whereabouts of the people on the Most Wanted list! With help from citizens in the community we can keep Bedford County safe!

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Virginia Law Enforcement To Be Presented Ballistic Vests

protect the protectorsWhen:   December 5, 2013

Where:  Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street, House Room 1, Richmond, VA

Time:     1:00 PM

 Richmond, VA – Bedford County (VA), Sheriff Mike Brown, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides Internet safety materials for schools, parents and more, has, with the help of Moose International,  successfully raised funds to supply six law enforcement agencies ballistic protection which they otherwise would not have access to due to budgetary restraints.  Sheriff Brown will personally present these vests to the agency heads of the following VA law enforcement organizations:

Rocky Mount Police Dept
Waynesboro Sheriff’s Office
Central VA Community College Police
VA School for the Deaf and Blind PD
Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office
Louisa PD

 Sheriff Mike Brown met a young trooper that had survived being shot three times by a suspected online child pornographer; Brown questioned why the trooper wasn’t wearing his vest.  The trooper did have a vest, however since he was interviewing with this suspect, whom he had interviewed before, he didn’t see the need to put on his bulky, uncomfortable ballistic vest.

This prompted Sheriff Brown to further investigate ballistic use and availability to all law enforcement, in hopes to promote the wearing of ballistics no matter what type of investigation they may encounter.  Much to this Sheriff’s surprise, he learned that over 220,000 law enforcement personnel in the country, due to budget short falls do not have ANY ballistic protection to wear at all.

Brown, with foundation funding partner, Moose International, began a nation-wide effort to raise funds to purchase ballistic vests for those departments who have but no choice than to allow their officers to work without any protection. With the help of Top Line Armor Systems based in Ohio, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation is supplying these life saving ballistic vests to police, sheriff’s deputies and college campus police across the country!

“This program has already donated new vests to officers and deputies throughout the country and I pledge to put ballistic vests on as many of our law enforcement brothers and sisters as humanely possible”.  Brown adds, “I don’t know how a councilman or board of supervisor member can sleep at night knowing that their ‘protector’ is up against the criminal element without this protection!”

 Please join Sheriff Mike Brown, his staff, Moose International and representatives from  these very appreciative agencies at this presentation event which will include the heads of VA Sheriff’s Association and VA Chiefs of Police. This event in Richmond will be the first of many that will put vests on the backs of our law enforcement heroes!

*Special note: Please be there for a surprise announcement about this program from VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli!

Contact: Robin Sundquist – Deputy Director SSF 540-586-7715  or through the contact form.

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Suspect Arrested for Malicious Wounding of Juvenile Victim


DECEMBER 3, 2013

On Monday December 2 around 5:30 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from Saunders Road reporting an 11 year old child had been shot in the leg with a bow and arrow. Deputies were dispatched and after arriving on the scene learned that the 11 year old victim had been transported to the hospital by a relative. After further investigation it was determined that a 15 year old male shot the victim with a blow gun not a bow and arrow.

After receiving conflicting stories from the victim and suspect, the suspect was arrested for malicious wounding. He was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Detention Center.

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Bedford County’s Most Wanted – Help Us Catch Them 12-02-2013



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If you know the location of any of these individuals, please submit your tip through Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900 or TEXT CVCS 574637). Callers to CVCS can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward. Alternatively you can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or submit a tip through our online tip submission form located here.

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CAPTURED UPDATE – Bedford County’s Most Wanted Harold Starks



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Update on the Bedford County Horse (As Seen on Facebook)



Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control continues to monitor public concerns with a horse on Forest Road in Bedford County. The owner is complying with requirements from BCSO Animal Control as related to the Code of Virginia. The owner has also followed recommendations from a veterinarian specializing in equine care that is also familiar with the horse. There has been an extraordinary amount of calls expressing concerns about this horse based on a post on Facebook. We are fully aware of the public concerns and want to further emphasize the time the calls are taking communication officers away from the routine incoming administrative and emergency calls. Be assured every effort is being given to this complaint.


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Halloween Safety Tips – BE SAFE BEDFORD!


Halloween is a fun time for kids but also a time to think about your children’s safety. Here are some tips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.


  • Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks.
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
  • Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
  • Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
  • Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
  • Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.


  • Make sure older children take friends and stay together while a trick-or-treating .
  • Never send younger children out alone – they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
  • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
  • Don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.
  • Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Download these safety tips.

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Five Ways to Keep Your Dogs Safe from Coyotes

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by Nicole Pajer

There seems to be an increasing amount of stories about dogs being attacked by coyotes these days, and not just in rural areas. As humans have continued to develop land, coyotes have been forced into urban areas and are becoming less fearful of humans. Several years ago, a coyote even entered a downtown Chicago Quiznos sandwich shop and hopped behind the counter!

According to the DFW Wildlife Coalition, coyotes are living and thriving in nearly every city across the United States. While they rarely bother humans, coyotes are a threat to domestic dogs, especially smaller breeds like Chihuahuas and toy varieties. Coyotes primarily feed on small rodents such as rabbits, but will definitely go after a small dog if given the chance.

Here are some tips on keeping your pet safe from coyotes:

  1. Be particularly cautious during coyote mating season, which is January through March. During this time, coyotes travel long distances to find suitable mates and require extra calories to carry them on their journey. They then expend extra energy to build dens for pregnant females, who will need to stock up on additional meals. Studies show that coyotes are particularly aggressive during this time.
  2. Keep an eye on your dog when outside. A small dog left unattended in a backyard is an easy target for a coyote. The best way to protect your dog is to go outside with it when you let it out. While a coyote will go after a dog, they tend to shy away from humans. If you come into contact with a coyote, it’s suggested that you wave your arms, shout, and do anything you can to scare it away, such as spray it with a water hose.
  3. If you have a fence, make sure it’s coyote-proof. According to an article by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources department, a fence won’t always keep a coyote out. Coyotes can jump over fences and have the ability to dig under a fence or slide through a fence gap. While it’s tough to build a fully coyote-proof gate, fences should be a minimum of 5.5 feet high and should be built on a sloping terrain. To defer a coyote from climbing, fences should not exceed 6 inches between stays. In addition, a galvanized wire-mesh apron can be buried beneath a fence to hinder a coyote from digging under. An additional way to ensure that a coyote won’t leap your fence is to install a coyote roller, which rolls off an animal that tries to climb the fence.
  4. Keep coyotes wild: Do your part to make sure that coyotes remain fearful of humans. Don’t feed coyotes or leave food out for them. This will cause them to come back to your area and to become accustomed to humans. Don’t put your trash out at night, as coyotes tend to be most active in the evenings and early mornings. Also make sure to securely seal the lids of your garage cans so that coyotes don’t smell food and come into suburban areas.
  5. Keep your dog on a leash when walking it outside: A dog running loose will attract a wandering coyote. Keeping your dog on a short leash when walking, especially through areas where coyotes tend to thrive, will help to ensure its safety.

As coyotes are moving into urban areas, attacks on domestic dogs are on the rise. A study conducted by a the Cook County, Illinois Coyote Project found that 60% of recent attacks were on smaller breeds such as Yorkshire terriers, Shih Tzus and Jack Russells.

While tinier breeds are the preferred targets, coyotes have also been known to attack larger breeds, such as Labradors and German shepherds, especially if traveling in a pack. This past January, a pack of three coyotes went after a Chicago area man’s German shepherd puppy, beagle, and golden retriever. The pack chased the dogs through the woods, leapt over the owner’s backyard fence, and even broke the glass on the door of the house trying to get at the dogs.

Keep your pets safe by taking the above precautions to avoid coming into contact with coyotes and other wildlife.

Sourced from: http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/Five-Ways-to-Keep-Your-Dogs-Safe-from-Coyotes

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Turn In Your Unused or Expired Medication For Safe Disposal


Current Prescription Take Back Event:

October 26, 2013
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Locations: Walmart of Bedford and Kroger of Forest
Please see our Event Calendar for maps and more information.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.