Office of The Sheriff


8293 Mary Ball Road Lancaster, Virginia 22503    

Programs & Services

Crime Solvers

Lancaster County Crime Solvers, Inc. pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of wanted persons, recovery of stolen property, or for information about any unsolved crimes. Call 804-46-CRIME(462-7463) when you have information – you will not be asked your name and you will not be asked to testify in court. Each Caller is given a unique Caller Number which is published in the local paper, on this website, and announced over the local radio station when a reward has been approved. The Caller must confirm the information that was provided before details are given of how to claim the reward. All rewards are paid through private citizen contacts, and not by any law enforcement officer. All reward monies are raised through private fundraisers and not with tax money.


Drug Abuse Resistance Education is presented to all fifth grade students by a deputy sheriff trained in the D.A.R.E. instructor school at the Virginia Department of State Police training academy. Topics include peer pressure, effects of alcohol, drugs and tobacco on the body, and developing self-confidence. Supported by donations from local businesses, each student receives a tee-shirt with an award-winning design created that year by a local student. D.A.R.E. Day culminates in outdoor activities and a graduation ceremony.

Deputy Santa

Deputy Santa originated in 1997 to provide a Christmas for underprivileged children. Having filled that need for more than 2,000 children, the program then focused on the needs of the elderly who live alone and have no close family with whom to share the holiday. Since 2010, persons enrolled in the Keep Safe program have been chosen to receive gifts from the jolly old man and his sworn helpers. The sheriff’s staff sponsors fundraisers for the event, which is also supported by private donations from individuals and businesses.

Home Security Check

Headed out of town for a few days, or several weeks? Concerned about storm damage or other problems at your home? The sheriff’s uniformed patrol staff will make random checks of your home during your absence. Please contact the sheriff’s office at least one week before your scheduled departure. The communications staff will ask a few questions to complete the Security Check Request form. And remember, if you should return home earlier than planned, please contact the sheriff’s office and let us know that you are home! The last thing we want is for you to be mistaken for someone who does not belong in your home.

Keep Safe

Do you know of an elderly or invalid person who lives alone? Are you concerned about the well-being of a neighbor who you just can’t call frequently, or who you don’t see often? The sheriff’s communications staff makes one call each day to 40+ such persons in Lancaster County to check on them. In the event that the telephone call isn’t answered as expected, a uniformed patrol deputy is dispatched to the home to check on the program’s participant. Most often the problem is as simple as not hearing the phone ring. But on occasion deputies have found persons who have fallen and need Emergency Medical Services. Contact the sheriff’s office if you would like more information about this service or want to participate. Or, you may complete this form and forward it to the sheriff's office. A communications officer will follow up shortly.

Neighborhood Watch

The best community protection program is YOU and your neighbors! By keeping an eye out on who is in your neighborhood, and what is happening in your neighborhood, you and your neighbors help prevent crime from happening. The sheriff’s office offers assistance in establishing a Neighborhood Watch® program in your area. It’s not as difficult as you may think it to be to help keep our entire community safe.

Since 1972, the Neighborhood Watch® program has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual
citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The success of the program has established Neighborhood Watch® as the nation's premier crime prevention and community mobilization program.  Visible signs of the program are seen throughout America on street signs, window decals, community block parties and service projects. Neighborhood Watch® empowers citizens to become active in community efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch® groups. The goal of this site is to provide information, technical support and resources to local law enforcement agencies and citizens.

Speaker’s Bureau

Is your civic group or business looking for a speaker? The sheriff makes several presentations throughout the year on a variety of topics related to the role of the office. It may be that the sheriff assigns a staff member to be your speaker in the event of a scheduling conflict. Frequently asked for topics include: home and personal safety; firearms laws and related matters; juvenile delinquency; the prevalence of illegal narcotics in our area; robbery prevention for businesses; internet fraud and computer crimes; and a general view of the office in our community. Please contact Sheriff McCranie if you wish to schedule a speaker for your group or business.


The Lancaster County Victim-Witness program is a full-time state grant funded project.  Started in September of 1997, crime victims and witnesses are provided with a support mechanism to assist them as the criminal case makes its way through the court system. Direct services include emotional support immediately after a traumatic criminal event and at all stages of criminal court hearings, and the filing of claims Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund for financial loss due to the crime. Ancillary support includes shelter services for domestic violence, crime victim confidentiality, and on occasion transportation assistance.  Effective July 1, 2019 this position is supervised through the Lancaster County administrator's office. The Victim-Witness director receives confidential crime reports and Emergency Protective Order information, and uses that information to assist victims as listed above.

  Victim Information Every Day

Having been victimized once is more than enough – imagine the shock of finding out that the person who harmed you and whom you thought was safely behind bars was the same person who passed you in the store! VINE, a project of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, uses information from all of Virginia’s jails and prisons to keep victims updated on the in custody status of the offender. Victims must register with VINE, and thereafter are notified automatically when the custody status of the offender changes for any reason – be it released on bond, transferred to another jail or prison facility, released when time is served, or the unlikely event of escape.

Yellow Dot Program

The Yellow Dot – File for Life program is designed to provide valuable lifesaving medical information to EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement personnel in the event that you are unable to communicate that information on your own due to a medical emergency or if you are involved in an automobile crash. The packet includes a manila envelope to keep the brief information sheet (not to include your Social Security Number) for each regular occupant of the vehicle, and a yellow dot. The dot is placed in a conspicuous place so first responders can best assist you when you cannot speak for yourself. This program is sponsored by Chesapeake Bank.

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