Increase in veterans in Virginia Beach Jail, but they’re not locked up

Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 23:18:39-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Virginia Beach Jail has seen an increase in veterans in the past year, but they're not inmates.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has earned its Virginia Values Veterans certification.

The certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the office's commitment to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining Virginia veterans.

The certification process involved completing six hours of training for a year, creating a Veteran Hiring Plan and meeting a commitment to hire five veterans.

The Sheriff's Office went over the goal, hiring more than 16 veterans in the past year.

"The military provides professional, trained and experienced personnel who transition well into the role of sheriff's deputy," said Sheriff Stolle, who served as an intelligence officer in the US Naval Reserve. "Veterans are an intragal part of our workforce here."

The initial certification is good for two years.

Of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office 514 appointees, 198 have served or continue to serve in every branch of the military.

"The Virginia Values Veterans certification reaffirms what we have always known: that veterans are an essential part of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Stolle said.

Check out other Virginia Values Veterans companies on the map below:

Click here to see the list of companies that have been certified. Many are from Hampton Roads:

Information about an upcoming job fair:

Law Enforcement & Security Job Fair
Fleet & Family Support Center (Yorktown & Newport News)
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Sports Zone Gym Lebanon Church Road, Bldg. 2062 Yorktown, VA 23691 *Located outside the military gate, so getting to event with service revolvers is not a concern*
Target Job Seeker Audience: Military-affiliated job seekers from all branches (active duty, family members, reservists, veterans, etc.)