Leesburg Council Presses for More Sheriff Office Support

In an effort to find efficiencies between the two local law enforcement agencies, the Leesburg Town Council on Monday night reviewed topics they want to be addressed in a joint town/county subcommittee.

Following last year’s budget deliberations, the council first broached the idea of creating a subcommittee to explore ways that the Leesburg Police Department and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office can better work together.

The panel would be comprised of two Town Council members, two members of the county Board of Supervisors, the Leesburg police chief, the Loudoun County sheriff and one designee each from town and county government staffs. The council was expected to select its two representatives Tuesday night, after the newspaper’s deadline.

On Monday night, council members gave the thumbs-up to several topics they would like to see addressed when the subcommittee begins to meet. Those include: supplemental traffic enforcement; sharing office space so town police officers can move out of space at Leesburg Executive Airport; shared storage space; sharing the CAD system and records management; co-locating dispatch and communications operations so the two entities can work together; and providing town police officers to the planned county firing range if that project moves forward.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has already appointed two of its members to the committee: federal law enforcement office Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) and former Leesburg mayor Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg.)

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