About the Sheriff's Office

Our Office

Sheriff BadgeThe Office of the Sheriff, one of the oldest and most renowned of all state law enforcement organizations in America, is a carryover from the British form of county administration. The first oath of Sheriff in the New World dates back to 1634 in Northampton County, Virginia, and the earliest recorded Sheriff in Hampton was appointed in 1645.

The history of the sheriff has paralleled that of our country in its long and courageous defense of the principles of law and justice, and they remain an integral part of today’s state law enforcement structure. Constitutionally elected, today's sheriffs are responsible for the operation of jails and play major roles in supporting the state courts.

Under the direction of Sheriff B. J. Roberts, first elected in 1992, the office consists of deputies and civilian personnel in three major divisions: Administration, Court Services, and Corrections. We maintain the custody, care, control and movement of inmates; serve civil and criminal processes and court orders; maintain security for court facilities, judges, jurors and other trial participants.

We are a nationally Triple Crowned Agency accredited by the American Correctional Association, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Our Mission

We the members of the Hampton Sheriff’s Office are committed to safeguarding the public’s trust, by promoting positive community relations to the people of Hampton. We strive to enhance the quality of life for citizens by upholding the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Virginia.

Our mission is to safely and securely maintain all city correctional facilities, ensuring care and custody of inmates, provide inmate programs to reduce recidivism, to ensure the safe and secure operation of all courts, and to guarantee timely and accurate service of civil and criminal warrants.

We are committed to this mission, by rendering our service to protect the lives, rights, and property of all citizens in a courteous professional manner. We pledge to be Committed to Excellence!