Appomattox County Sheriff Donnie Simpson

In this Aug. 5 photo, Appomattox County Sheriff Donnie Simpson (left) was among volunteers who gave bags of school supplies to Appomattox County K-12 students at Appomattox Elementary School. From left are Simpson, Brandi Pennix, Ashley Nash, Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Karen Nipper and Tony Mann.

Community policing in Appomattox County is a tradition that Sheriff Donald Simpson is keen on maintaining. He believes community policing initiatives are an appropriate means of staying connected with the community and building trust between law enforcement and citizens.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), community policing creates a constructive partnership between law enforcement and citizens while establishing crime prevention initiatives.

“Without trust between police and citizens, effective policing is impossible,” the DOJ’s site states.

Simpson offered examples of the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office’s efforts in community policing.

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