On Saturday May 28, 2011, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) invited the entire community to their First Annual Open House. All were invited to meet Eastern Loudoun Station (ELS) deputies and support staff and tour the new ELS facility. The Open House included a cookout, cold drinks, guided tours, LCSO displays, specialty vehicles and even a police barrel train ride for kids. Approximately 350 residents attended the event between 10 am and 2 pm. The year old facility is a state-of-the-art sheriff’s station, with the highest possible security and amenities to aid law enforcement efforts. The ELS is located next to Rolling Ridge Elementary School off of Sterling Boulevard at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling.
The folks that attended the Open House had the opportunity to view the following displays in the Station Community Room:
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit (Jessica Shugars)
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office False Alarm Unit (Shelli Reid)
Sterling Community Center (Tina Dantro)
Virginia Citizens Defense League “Open Carry” (Ed Levine)
Franklin Park Farm Museum (Susan Web)
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter “LAWS”
LCSO Specialty Vehicle Mobile Command Bus, Traffic Safety Unit and K-9 Unit with Handler, Project Life Saver, Search and Rescue Motor Unit, Community Resource Unit, Armored Personnel Carrier, Bomb Squad and Dive Team displays were also available for visitors to view.
|Sterling residents flocked to the Eastern Loudoun Station to meet deputies and support staff, tour the new facility, participate in guided tours, view LCSO displays and see specialty vehicles. 350 residents attended the Open House. Photo courtesy/ Justin Nash.|
The ELS has provided substantial public safety services to the community and reduced travel time to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Leesburg. The new facility allows for much of the deputies work to be done locally rather than from Leesburg. This effort means that patrols are remaining on Eastern Loudoun streets 30 percent longer than before. I informed Captain Rick Frye that I had noticed more sheriffs’ cruisers in my Sterling Park neighborhood. Having our deputies in my neighborhood for longer periods of time is a good thing.
The ELS also provides for some specialty offices. The LCSO domestic violence coordinator has an office here as does the agency's interpreter. While both those positions serve cases and deputies countywide, a majority of their work lies in the easternmost areas of the county.
The National Criminal Information Center and the Virginia Criminal Information Network are housed there as well, with computers used to check criminal histories, vehicle registrations and people's identifications. Only those certified are allowed to access the computers in accordance with state statute.
The station also offers a community room available for public use to local non-profit organizations. Other services provided are fingerprinting, criminal history checks (only within Loudoun County) and good conduct letters. All services are provided from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
The ELS is the agency’s first stand-alone station. The station is one of four planned stations for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office opened their first county-owned station, the Dulles South Public Safety Center, in 2007 in the South Riding area. The station serves as a combined fire-rescue station and law enforcement station. The Sheriff’s Office also plans to open two additional stations in Western Loudoun and in the Ashburn area in the near future.
Note: Dulles South Public Safety Center (the ELS sister station) in the South Riding area located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in Chantilly, is having their Open House on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
|From left: Brittany Peyton, Administrative Assistant; Station Commander Captain Rick Frye; Lieutenant Brian Harpster; and Catherine Nash, Criminal Information and Records Specialist. Brittany assists the Station Commander in purchasing, budget efforts, managing the calendar of events and preparing meeting agendas. Catherine reviews all crime reports, updates crime analysis database, logs criminal activities and incidents in the area, maintains statistics and weekly crime bulletin and performs background and criminal history checks. Photo courtesy/ Justin Nash.|