Sheriff’s office dedicates new headquarters

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office formally dedicated its new headquarters in Leesburg on Tuesday, at an open house ceremony attended by local officials, elected leaders and community members.

The building, which cost $6.7 million to design, build, furnish and equip, is to house the sheriff’s office’s command and administrative staff members; the department’s technical services division; the criminal investigations division; the operational support division; the false-alarm reduction unit; the media relationships and communications department; recruiting and applicant investigations; and the records, property and evidence section.

The facility has been open since August, housing many of the department’s 585 sworn personnel.

Tuesday’s ceremony took place on a date of particular significance to Loudoun, officials said: During the same week in April 1757, neighboring Fairfax County was divided to create Loudoun County. The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office was established the same year, as a one-man law enforcement agency.

For nearly 200 years, the sheriff’s office was housed at the county’s old jail on Church Street in Leesburg. In more recent years, the office has been moved to various locations in Leesburg — including buildings on Edwards Ferry Road, Catoctin Circle, Ridgetop Circle and Harrison Street — before relocating to Sycolin Road in August.

At the dedication event, Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman presented the first Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Leadership Award to Ken Falke, the retired U.S. Navy bomb-disposal expert who established the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors in Bluemont. It opened in September.

The award recognizes Falke’s “outstanding leadership and contribution to the community,” the sheriff’s office said.

“While the sheriff’s office focuses on our day-to-day safety, our military provides us with the freedoms we enjoy every day and should never be taken for granted,” Chapman said in his statement.

The nonprofit retreat, created by Falke and his wife, Julia, is the nation’s first rural retreat devoted to caring for physically, emotionally and psychologically wounded service members and veterans.

“Ken Falke has demonstrated true leadership in Loudoun County for our military community and our wounded warriors by establishing Boulder Crest,” Chapman said. “This outstanding and unmatched initiative took vision, courage and organization to become a reality. I am truly honored to have provided Mr. Falke with the sheriff’s first-ever Leadership Award.”

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.
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