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Bedford County Sheriff named 'Sheriff of the Year'

President Trump congratulating Sheriff Brown (Courtesy: Bedford County Sheriff's Office)
President Trump congratulating Sheriff Brown (Courtesy: Bedford County Sheriff's Office) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ALEXANDRIA (WSLS 10) - Sheriff Mike Brown from Bedford County will be the recipient of the 2017 Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year award from the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA).

Brown will receive the award for his contribution to the law enforcement committee this summer in Reno, NV, at the association's annual conference.

The award, given annually by the NSA, recognizes a sheriff who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the criminal justice profession, demonstrates exceptional service to his or her community, and has contributed to the betterment of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA). The prestigious national award is awarded to any active sheriff who has performed the duties of his or her office in the highest professional manner as well as enhances the Office of Sheriff. The award is given in memory and honor of Ferris E. Lucas, who served as President of the National Sheriffs' Association (1944-1946) and Executive Director of the National Sheriffs' Association (1964-1982).

"Sheriff Brown embodies what this award was created to recognize," said NSA Executive Director Jonathan Thompson. "There are no limits or obstacles to keeping his community safe and equipping them with the proper tools to succeed, he is not only a great Sheriff but an even better person."

President Trump congratulating Sheriff Brown (Courtesy: Bedford County Sheriff's Office)
President Trump congratulating Sheriff Brown (Courtesy: Bedford County Sheriff's Office)

Sheriff Brown, now serving in his sixth term, was recently honored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for his service of 50 years in the law enforcement community. As described below, he has brought programs to Bedford County, and throughout the country, to keep communities safe including children and members of law enforcement.