Public Safety

Public safety is an important contributor to the quality of life in Goochland County, and our public safety and law enforcement officials put a premium on maintaining and improving our community's safety, security and health.

Sheriff's Office

The Goochland County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency in Goochland County, and it provides a variety of public safety services for the community.


Sheriff's communications officers supervise the county's enhanced 911 system, and are responsible for dispatching all calls for emergency services (Sheriff, State Police, Fire and Rescue, Animal Control, Conservation Police, etc.).

Other responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office include transporting inmates to and from jails and courts, serving and enforcing court orders, and providing security personnel when courts are in session. Deputies enforce all criminal and traffic laws, and investigate more than 95% of criminal complaints in the county.

Area Programs

The Sheriff's Office sponsors or participates in a number of crime prevention activities in and around the region, such as:

  • D.A.R.E.
  • Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers
  • Metro Richmond Crime Analysis Network
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Goochland County Site Watch
  • Operation Kid Care

The Sheriff's Office also conducts a semi-annual citizen's academy, and is an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the Goochland Christmas Mother.

Fire & Rescue

The Goochland Volunteer Fire - Rescue Association, together with the Goochland County Fire and Rescue Department, provides emergency response services for the county.

Fire and Rescue provides 24-hour fire and emergency medical service to the county and, when needed, coordinates with neighboring cities and counties to provide and receive mutual aid in the region.

Fire and Rescue is comprised of six stations housing fire suppression and emergency medical equipment. The six stations are:

  • Company 1 - Manakin
  • Company 2 - Crozier
  • Company 3 - Centerville
  • Company 4 - Fife
  • Company 5 - Goochland
  • Company 6 - Hadensville

Fire and Rescue operates equipment to respond to events such as vehicle accidents, fires, illness and injury. Rescue squads provide pre-hospital emergency care for medical emergencies. This includes Advanced Life Support and special cardiac care.