Loudoun County, Va. (September 22, 2014) – A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy was recognized at the 81st Annual Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Conference as the 2014 Deputy Sheriff of the Year.
Deputy First Class James D. Spurlock, Jr., was recognized for his work in developing the educational program called Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know. DFC Spurlock developed the outreach initiative and program several years ago after identifying the fact that many Internet crimes against children were going unreported. DFC Spurlock designed the program to give parents a real look at Internet safety in a two part course that introduced basic Internet safety as well as some advanced techniques to help keep their children safe while online and using technology.
“With technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, Deputy Spurlock recognized that it can be hard for parents to keep up,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “With that in mind, Deputy Spurlock developed this program to show parents how to identify a possible threat, as regular victimization of our youth was taking place and was going unreported,” Sheriff Chapman added.
The Internet safety initiative proved to be extremely successful and the agency’s Internet Crimes against Children cases significantly increased after Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman implemented DFC Spurlock’s program county-wide in the Fall of 2012.
In DFC Spurlock’s nomination, Major John Fraga, Operational Support Division Commander, wrote “we may never know how many incidents Deputy Spurlock’s passion, hard work, and initiative has prevented both inside and outside of Loudoun County, or how many children will avoid being victimized due to his efforts. We do know that Deputy Spurlock’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to the safety of today’s youth not only helped identify and address a substantial danger posed to the youth of Loudoun County, but has set an example that is being followed around the country; which will continue to undoubtedly save lives.”
Internet Safety is a common topic of discussion for today’s parents, and in some cases can be a source of anxiety. Topics that are discussed during the program are Social Networking, Sexting/Texting, Cell Phone Technology and Features, Laptops vs. Desk Top PC’s, Current Trends, Predatory Behaviors, PC and Console Gaming, and Monitoring Techniques.
DFC Spurlock, a seven-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, was recognized in 2009 as the Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and was recognized by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) at the Twenty-First Annual TOP COPS® Awards in May 2014.
DFC Spurlock previously worked for the Leesburg Police Department and has over 24-years of law enforcement experience. DFC Spurlock is currently a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit.