Although sheriff’s deputies started working in the department’s new Ashburn station at One Loudoun in July, and despite cloudy weather, the department’s ribbon cutting and open house Saturday, Sept. 22 was well-attended.
The Ashburn Station serves the second largest population of all of the station areas in the county. The Ashburn Station service area has a population of 98,362 residents as of 2018, second only to the Dulles South Station in population.
“It is community engagement, working together, that makes Loudoun County such a great place to live,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “So when you see the Ashburn Station, I want you to think of it as more than a law enforcement facility—it is a gathering place, offering a community room to our residents, and providing vital public safety services, such as local records checks, notary services, report taking and even a drop box for the proper disposal of prescription medications.”
The department has a number of improvements over the previous office at University Station, including private interview rooms for the public, background checks and fingerprinting to avoid trips to Leesburg.
“It’s hard to believe just over 10 years ago that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office had no dedicated station that specifically served the community,” said Major Christopher Hines, commander of the LCSO Field Operations Division. “Deputies would often have to travel back to Leesburg to turn in paperwork. Residents would also have to travel to Leesburg to obtain many services we provide to the community.”
“The Ashburn Station represents the final steps by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in the implementation of the station concept,” said Ashburn Station Commander Captain Dave Hibberd. “The station concept allows the deputies and detectives assigned to Ashburn to resolve issues within the communities we serve.”
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office opened its first county-owned station in 2007 in the Dulles South area. The Dulles South Public Safety Center serves as a combined fire-rescue station and law enforcement station. The Eastern Loudoun Station was opened in 2010 and was the agency’s first stand-alone station. The Western Loudoun Station in Round Hill opened to the public in 2016.
The dedication ceremony featured the presentation of colors by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and a stirring rendition of the National Anthem by Janice Pietsch of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office Emergency Communications Center. The dedication concluded with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and the raising of the colors.
Following the dedication ceremony, the station was open for self-guided tours, including a display of sheriff’s office equipment such as a Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team vehicle, a boat, a mobile command unit, and a K-9 unit.
The Ashburn Station is located at 20272 Savin Hill Drive in Ashburn.