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. 




“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. “

–  Sgt. Dews, Lynchburg 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”.

–  Ofc. Henderson, Amherst County Adult Detention Center




“I have worked for Blue Ridge for 8 years and what I have liked most about this career is the multitude of different people we interact with on a daily basis. Between Inmates in all walks of life, Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices, and other Blue Ridge employees, I have greatly enjoyed meeting and working with many different groups of people. The greatest thing I have learned by working for Blue Ridge is that respect and common decency go a long way and taking the time to talk with someone and work together can solve many problems. I have been very fortunate to be able to work in an area that has taught me valuable lessons that I can take with me wherever I am”.

–  Sgt. Wallace, Lynchburg Adult Detention Center