Community Relations and Crime Prevention
The Division of Community Relations and Crime Prevention is dedicated to fostering positive community relationships which lead to productive communication within the community. These efforts build and maintain a mutual trust between public safety personnel and the County at large.
With this broadened perspective, we are enhancing the quality of life for the Campbell County community through a variety of approaches such as:
- Crime Prevention Education and Safety Lectures;
- Home Owner Group and Neighborhood Watch Support;
- Student and Family Safety Presentations;
- Community Outreach and Events;
- Active Shooter Response Education; and
- Victim Prevention and Advocacy.
Sergeant Gary Penn
In 1997, Gary answered the call to serve his community and became a law enforcement officer to help individuals who had been victimized. He takes his oath to protect and serve seriously, and notes that to be successful in this career – just remember the golden rule. Treat people like you would want to be treated, and remember that we are all human beings first.
During the course of his career, Gary has served in every possible capacity, from investigating wrecks and providing traffic control and speed enforcement to working in specialized investigative units, such as narcotics, hostage negotiations, special weapons and tactics, and undercover operations.
He is certified as a Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) instructor as well as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certified.
Previously, Gary served as a School Resource Officer in the Altavista area of Campbell County, where he was able to help coordinate several community events. In 2019, Gary was recognized by the Young Women of Central Virginia (YWCA) as the Outstanding Service Award recipient for providing service to victims of Domestic Violence.
In January 2020, Gary accepted the placement of Sergeant over the Community Relations and Crime Prevention division in Campbell County under the directive of newly elected Sheriff Whit Clark, III.
A pillar of the community, and a leader in his church, Gary enjoys his role as a law enforcement liaison to the public, and looks to expand community relations and crime prevention education in the future.
Gary has two children and six grandchildren, and resides in Altavista.