Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class Colin Whittington has been named the 2019 Virginia Deputy Sheriff of the Year.
Whittington will be recognized in September at the 86th Annual Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Conference, according to LCSO officials.
“Deputy Whittington’s professional demeanor, enthusiastic attitude, integrity and work ethic is an example of the highest level of professionalism of Virginia’s law enforcement personnel,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) said in a prepared statement. “He is highly regarded by his peers and command staff, which is reflective in his many accomplishments.”
Whittington joined the LCSO in 2015 as a patrol deputy. He has served as a community resource deputy at the Ashburn Station. He currently serves in the Media Relations and Communications Section as a public information officer.
At the Ashburn Station, he initiated an alcohol enforcement operation that involved extensive collaboration with command staff, restaurants, management, legal counsel and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to prevent disorderly conduct and alcohol offenses in highly-frequented business establishments. The operation resulted in a significant decrease in alcohol-related arrests, according to sheriff's office officials.
“[Whittington] is a model deputy, exemplifying the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office values of professionalism and outstanding services through community collaboration and aggressive problem solving,” Ashburn Station Commander Captain Dave Hibberd said in a prepared statement.
In 2017, Whittington was recognized at the 32nd Annual Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards, where he received the Lifesaving Award for two separate rescue responses in which he successfully administered CPR.
He often participates in community-based events, including the LCSO’s Annual Child Safety Day, Books-and-Badges and Coffee with a Cop. He has also provided educational ride-alongs to members of the community.
Whittington lives in Ashburn with his wife Shelby, a Rock Ridge High School teacher, and their dog.