EMPLOYEE TESTIMONIALS

JAIL OFFICERS HELP

TRANSFORM LIVES FOR

A SAFER COMMUNITY

Hear directly from the following Jail Officers to have a
rewarding career with the Blue Ridge Regional jail Authority. 

ADMIN SGT D. DEWS

Lynchburg Adult Detention Center

SEARGENT D. DEWS

Lynchburg Adult Detention Center

I’ve worked at BRRJA for almost 22 years.  It’s been a joy and a learning experience all at the same time.  What I have loved the most about this job is learning about people and why they do the things they do.  Sometimes we look at people and say to ourselves, that person is so mean or hateful, when really that person could be acting out on the hurt they have experienced in life.  I’ve also learned that good people make bad mistakes and that I’m thankful that some of the people we have in jail are in jail because of their violent mindset.  It takes a special kind of person to be in this line of work due to all the mental and verbal abuse you might have to take.  I’m grateful that I’ve stayed because this job has helped me to become stronger mentally and wiser in understanding people. 

Officer A. Henderson

Amherst County Adult Detention Center

OFFICER A. HENDERSON

Amherst County Adult Detention Center

I Officer Henderson was hired March 1, 2013 as a correctional officer. Being an officer has taught me, among other things, how to communicate with other people effectively and respectfully as well as to be an overall better person. In August 2020 I was offered the Medical Officer position and have truly enjoyed working with the medical staff. Being a correctional officer is not just a job but a career. I have enjoyed being an officer and I will continue to work hard.

OFFICER J. FETTY

Amherst County Adult Detention Center

OFFICER J. FETTY

Amherst County Adult Detention Center

I began my journey with Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority on December 3, 2007. I did not plan to stay too long and I have been here for 15 years. BRRJA has given me the opportunity to grow individually, academically, socially, and intellectually.
I started as a housing unit officer at LADC. After 4 years, I moved to ACADC when it opened in 2011. I came to ACADC in the Classification Department. Since then I have been a Utility Officer and I am currently the Hearings Officer and a General Instructor for the Academy.
During my time with BRRJA, I have found more than just an employer; I have found a family. We agree at times and there are times when we disagree. I have had the privilege of working with three awesome Majors, four Captains, several Lieutenants, Sergeants, Corporals, and staff. It has been a blessing to see officers begin their careers and now are leading the way.

I have had the privilege to train, pray, and encourage officers, during their struggles, trials, tests, and storms. It is good to know that they trust me enough to allow me to help them bear their burdens. My journey has allowed me to even hear inmates, when I am at the store, say to their friends “He’s one of the good ones” or a parent say “Thank you for taking care of my son/daughter while they were with you.” Yes, there are times of stress and heartache, but it is good to know that when you do your assigned duty, it reaps benefits.

BRRJA has been good to both my family and I. In the time of death, we received flowers, cards, texts, and messages letting us know that we were surrounded by prayers and love. It is a great feeling to have supervisors that I can pray with and know that they are praying for me. It is truly a blessing to work with coworkers who have become family.