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What is Shield?

SCSO Shield was established to increase community awareness of criminal and terrorism trends and incidents within Stafford County, the United States and across the world. Information sharing increases preparedness, mitigation and prevention efforts and makes our communities safer.

The SCSO Shield program is a communication two-way street. The key to success is information flowing in two directions. Community partners serve as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Office and serve to directly impact efforts to prevent crime and acts of terrorism by reporting suspicious behavior as soon as possible. In addition, we recognize that our community partners are uniquely qualified to assist Sheriff’s Office personnel during an incident. You know what belongs and what is out of place. Sharing your perspective and working together, we are better prepared to face the most difficult challenges.

The Shield program is comprised of multiple corresponding partnerships and involvements broken down as such:

  • The Global Shield Network (GSN) is the broad umbrella of the Law Enforcement Shield programs.
  • The SCSO Shield program is the unique partnership for our community within the Global Shield Network.
  • Within the SCSO Shield program are specific Watch programs (Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Hotel Watch & Worship Watch). In addition to those, individual citizens can partner with SCSO Shield by themselves, regardless of community or group affiliation.

Why Join Shield?

We have a shared responsibility to provide for the safety and security of our community. Your Sheriff’s Office serves as the tool to accomplish this task; however, only by partnering together can we achieve success.

As a member of the Shield program, you will have an opportunity to take an active role in helping to make Stafford a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Current Watch Programs

Worship Watch

Worship Watch

Business Watch

Business Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Hotel Watch

Hotel Watch

Individual Member


Ready to Become a Partner?

Stafford County Sherriff’s Office’s Shield Program is a member of the Global Shield Network, which connects Shield programs from all over the world. The Shield concept was started by the New York City Police Department and quickly grew to be adopted nationally and internationally. The Global Shield Network results in unprecedented information sharing and resource collaboration.