Our present sheriff is Michael W. Taylor. He took office in 2008. The Sheriff's Office employs 135 people:

  • 1 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer
  • 4 Civic Process Officers
  • 5 Emergency Telecommunications Personnel
  • 5 K-9 Officers
  • 5 School Resource Officers
  • 6 Criminal Interdiction Officers
  • 7 Administrative Staff
  • 7 Court Security
  • 7 Special Investigation / Fugitive Warrant Investigators
  • 7 Sworn Administrative Support
  • 8 Hostage Negotiation Team Members
  • 9 Criminal Investigators
  • 11 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team Members
  • 12 Civilian Administrative Support
  • 14 JETT Team Members
  • 29 Corrections Officers
  • 31 Field Patrol Officers

Letter From the Sheriff

The purpose of this site is to introduce you to the staff, operations, and resources of our agency. Our number 1 priority is to meet your safety needs in the most efficient and professional way possible. Residents and visitors to Pittsylvania County enjoy a wonderful combination of people, natural beauty, and economic growth.

As the largest county in the commonwealth, we strive each day to meet the emerging needs of our citizenry. We encourage our citizens to become active in their communities and assist us by becoming the eyes and ears for law enforcement.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing and promoting a safe, friendly atmosphere for you to live, work, and play. The welfare of all our citizens is of great concern, and we stand ready to respond at any hour to a call for assistance.

Please feel free to contact me any time you might need a question answered or help solving a problem. I look forward to meeting your needs with qualified, professional, responsive law enforcement.

- Michael W. Taylor

Brief History

Pittsylvania County is the largest county in the State of Virginia, which is located in the southern Piedmont area. We consist of approximately 982 square miles. We surround the City of Danville, and border Halifax, Henry, Bedford, and Campbell counties in Virginia, and Caswell and Rockingham counties in North Carolina.

The county was formed in 1767 from Halifax county and assumed its present boundaries in 1777. It was named for William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, a British Statesman.

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