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A Message from Sheriff Antionette V. Irving

As the Sheriff for the City of Richmond, I thank the citizens for the trust and confidence placed in me for a new beginning. As we enter into a New Year and a new era for the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office, we look forward to serving the citizens with excellence and ensuring we provide the best level of customer service to all who interact with the various departments of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Commonwealth with nearly 500 sworn and civilian staff members. We are responsible for the operation of the Richmond Justice Center and the safety and security of the residents in our jail. We are also responsible for the safety of the citizens, judges and staff at our three courthouses: John Marshall, Manchester, and Oliver Hill. The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office provides service of civil process and the execution of court ordered documents, transportation of inmates, and the safety of the general public.

As this era of change in the City of Richmond continues, we look forward to building proficient relationships and partnerships with different Richmond agencies and those of our neighboring jurisdictions in the Central Virginia region. We look forward to working with Mayor Levar Stoney and his administration, the members of City Council, Chief Alfred Durham and the officers of the Richmond Police Department, Chief Melvin Carter and members of the Richmond Fire Department, the Richmond Ambulance Authority as well as all other leadership and servant leaders of the Central Virginia community.

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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office fully supports the guidelines set forth in this law and has ZERO-TOLERANCE for any and all incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

If you have information of someone being a victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment in this facility, contact the PREA Hotline at (804-612-6126).

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     COVID-19 Press Release

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The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office established a ‘Safe Exchange Zone’ at the Richmond City Justice Center

                                                                    1701 Fairfield Way
                                                             Richmond, Virginia 23223

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office announced on October 19, 2019, the creation of a new Safe Exchange Zone for in-person transactions with strangers.

The Safe Exchange Zone, located in the Richmond City Justice Center’s front parking lot, is designed as a safe, monitored meeting place to conduct transactions from ECommerce, websites and other forms of social media. It can also be used as a meeting and exchange place for parents and legal guardians with shared custody or visitation rights.

Although the video recording can assist in attempting to identify a suspect if an incident occurs, neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the City assumes responsibility or liability for transactions, damages, or injury.

While the spaces are available on the Sheriff’s Office grounds, Sheriff Office deputies do not participate or act as official witnesses in the transactions but can be dispatched to keep the peace, prevent disorderly conduct, or for criminal offenses.

Location and Hours

Our Safe Exchange Zone is located in two designated well-lit parking spaces in front of the Richmond City Justice Center and is recorded by video 24-hours a day. While video will record the area, the optimal transaction time of Monday – Friday, between 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sheriff Office business hours), is recommended.


The exchange of drugs, weapons, alcohol and other illegal items is not permitted.

All exchanges must be person-to-person. In the case of custody transfer, the Safe Exchange Zone is not a drop-off where parents can leave children for a later pick-up time.

Safety Tips

  • Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
  • Do not go to a transaction alone.
  • Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the transaction details.
  • Insist on meeting in a public area like the Sheriff’s Office Safe Exchange Zone.
  • Do not go into someone else’s house, and do not allow them into your house.
  • Complete the transaction during daylight hours, if possible.
  • Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items as vehicles and jewelry.
  • Trust your instincts, if it sounds like a scam, it probably is a scam.
  • If someone is not willing to come to the Sheriff’s Office to conduct a transaction, this would be a sign to beware of and possibly rethink the meeting.
  • Take your cell phone with you.

2018 RCSO Annual Report

View the Most Recent Sheriff's Office Annual Report

The Richmond City Sheriff's Office has just released its annual report for 2018. The report can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Richmond City Sheriff's Office Inmate Search

The Richmond City Sheriff's Office offers citizens the opportunity to search for any of our current residents by clicking this link .

VINElink Notification

VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday

The Virginia VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Virginia VINE system is (800) 467-4943. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.

Connect Network GTL Deposits

Send money to an inmate online or over the phone!

In an effort to improve the efficiencies and security regarding inmate deposits, Connect Network GTL now offers the following payment options for family and friends of inmates.

Send Money to your loved one over the phone or on the web:

Toll Free Phone Deposits

Internet Deposit

Click on to send money to your loved one today! Connect Network GTL takes all MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards. Additional information is also located on our website.

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