Community Connection

The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office partners with and promotes other agencies and businesses that assist us in not only protecting our citizens, but who help in our mission of making Gloucester "The Land of the Life Worth Living." If you would like to participate in our ride-along program, please submit the Ride Along form (PDF) to our office. Citizens may ride once per twelve month period.

Gloucester Virginia Fireworks Laws

It is illegal to possess, sell, or use any fireworks which explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fires projectiles in the air. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Bottle Rockets
  • Fire Crackers
  • Sky Rockets
  • Torpedoes

Sparklers, fountains, pharaoh’s serpents, and pinwheels are allowed for use in Gloucester County. Violations are punishable by up to twelve months in jail and a fine of not more than $2,500. For more information about this Act, view the Statewide Fire Prevention Code.

Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim is a Gloucester based anti-drug abuse initiative that started with out Office of Emergency Management, but has grown to become a positive campaign throughout the Commonwealth as a state-wide resource. For information on drug facts, disposal options, ways to prevent misuse, find help, and to listen to the stories of those impacted by the growing prescription and illegal opioid abuse crisis, please visit the Drug Free VA website.

Sink or Swim


The Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the addition of CityProtect to it’s website. Please visit the CityProtect website to track the most recent crimes in the county.  Once there, you may be prompted on the top left of your screen to "allow to access your location" - doing so will take you directly to the crime incidents for Gloucester County.  Otherwise, you can click on Virginia on the crime map and zoom in to Gloucester or search by agency under the menu options.  Once focused on Gloucester, you can select "filters" and choose a date range for incidents - click on "see results" and zoom in to examine the details.

Order of Public Health Emergency Five - Face Masks in Public Requirement

With the issuance of Executive Order Number 63 (Order of Public Health Emergency Five), Governor Northam has empowered the Virginia Department of Health to handle enforcement of the requirement to wear face coverings inside most businesses and public buildings. Businesses affected by this requirement are urged to encourage their patrons to comply with the Order and, if the business chooses to refuse service to those who do not comply, contact our office if the patron becomes disorderly or remains at the establishment after having been asked to leave.  

If, as a customer, you observe a business operating in violation of the Order and you wish to report them, the Virginia Department of Public Health can be reached at 804-864-8141 (Communicable Disease Line) or 1-800-533-4148 (Virginia Disease Prevention Hotline).

There are exceptions to this Order.  A face covering is not required for the following:

  • While eating of drinking.
  • Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment.
  • Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
  • Any person seeking to communicate with the hearing impaired and for which the mouth needs to be visible.
  • When temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to secure government or medical services.
  • Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering.  Nothing in this Order shall require the use of a face covering by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition – any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.
  • Participating in a religious ritual.
  • Minors under the age of ten.  Adults accompanying minors between the ages of two through nine shall use their best judgement when deciding to place a face cover on the child.  Adults accompanying minors aged ten through eighteen shall use reasonable efforts to prompt the minor to wear face coverings while inside the included public areas.   

A copy of the Order can be found here.