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Henrico County Sheriff's Office

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Abbreviation  HCSO
Population  306,935
Headquarters  Richmond
Legal jurisdiction  Henrico County, Virginia
Formed  1611
Founded  1611
Number of employees  361
Henrico County Sheriff's Office
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency
Operations jurisdiction*  County (US) of Henrico in the state of Virginia, USA
Size  245 square miles (630 km)

The Henrico County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) provides law enforcement services for 306,935 people within 245 square miles (630 km2) of jurisdiction within Henrico County, VA.



The HCSO was created in 1611 when Thomas Dale was appointed as the first law enforcement officer in Henrico, making him Henrico's first Sheriff.

In 1880, the first courthouse and jail was constructed and housed the Sheriff's Office and Jail until 1980. In 1980, in the need for a more technological advanced and more spacious area, the Jail West at the Henrico County Government Complex was constructed. In 1996, Henrico's Sheriff's Office opened Jail East in New Kent County.


The agency is currently headed by Sheriff Michael L. Wade. The HCSO has one of the largest sheriff's offices in the Commonwealth with over 361 sworn and civilian staff.

Regional Jail East & West

Regional Jail East is maintained and secured by the Henrico County Sheriff and the Henrico County Sheriff's Office.

Regional Jail West is a maximum security facility that houses both pre-trial and post-trial inmates. It is also the headquarters of the Office of the Sheriff, Administrative Services, Court Services and Human Resources.


Henrico County Sheriff's Office Wikipedia