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Scott H. Jenkins

Leadership for our times.

December 27, 2019

Today I took my third oath as Sheriff, a constitutional office in the Commonwealth of Virginia that is unique in American history and to its present state of society. I raised my right hand, placed my left hand on the family Bible my father was holding, and swore to God and my community that I would faithfully discharge my duties as Sheriff.

Although I have sworn oaths many thousands of times over the course of my career, the oath of Sheriff is unique. An elected Sheriff answers only to the citizenry. He or she is not beholden to any government unit, no supervisory body, and no legislature. My promise, my sacred oath to God, is to use my best abilities to support the Constitutions of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Virginia...

December 10, 2019

The flood of public support for my plans to protect your Second Amendment rights continues to be overwhelming. It is clear, as it has been for years, that the liberal elites are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans. People from every walk of life, from around the country, have reached out to express gratitude for my willingness to protect our Second Amendment.

This is about more than our God-given right to protect ourselves. Our country was founded on a set of carefully constructed principles enshrined in our Constitution including our Bill of Rights. These form the basis for our singular way of life, a way of life so attractive that people come here by the hundreds of thousands each year, risking their lives to be part of i...

December 7, 2019

"Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions. “Red Flag” laws without due process will create enormous conflict as well.

"America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense and possibly cause a criminal to choose another tool for evil.

"I’d like to thank our Board of Supervisors for their resolution of support of our citizen’s natural right to self defense as protected by our Constitutions. My office will always encourage and support our citizens in firearms training, concealed carry permits, and the ability to defend themse...

June 12, 2019

Earlier this month it was my great honor and pleasure to moderate the Border Security and Crime Panel Discussion sponsored by my office, the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. National experts, law enforcement chiefs, and people directly impacted by illegal alien crimes all discussed the links between border security and other illegal activity, including drugs and gangs.

One clear message emerged from the discussion -- as President Trump has declared, there is a crisis at our border that must be addressed.

Panelists were:

  • Matthew O’Brien, Director of Research, Federation for American Immigration Reform

  • Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies

  • ...

September 6, 2018

On September 5, 2018 it was my great pleasure and honor to be one of 44 Sheriffs from 35 states invited to participate in a call for immigration reform in Washington, D.C. The delegation represented more than 3,000 Sheriffs from across this country.

The day began with a press conference on Capitol Hill where Members of Congress and the Sheriffs called for an end to more than 20 years of Congressional inaction, and immediate passage of immigration reform legislation.

The delegation then participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Key Executive Branch officials participating in the roundtable included Vice President Mike Pence, as well as officials from the Department of Justice, D...

August 23, 2018

I am a fan of lawful concealed carry, and everyone who knows me knows this. It is a fundamental part of my Second Amendment philosophy. Lawful concealed carry is important in making a community safer.

My views on lawful carry, concealed and open, are not abstract. As the chief law enforcement officer of my jurisdiction I want as many lawful concealed carry permit holders in my jurisdiction as possible. My own experience, backed up by statistics, bear out the fact that this is a significant crime deterrent. This is one reason I teach free concealed carry classes.

For these and many other reasons, I will also fight tooth and nail to resist any effort, no matter how seemingly small, to diminish our Second Amendment rights.

Gun control zealot...

May 17, 2018

The U.S. government recently issued two significant security alerts about Russian cyber hacking of U.S. critical infrastructure. Combined with what we already know, they describe a cyber threat to our critical infrastructure, particularly our power grid, more serious than a nuclear threat. House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) called cybersecurity attacks "our biggest threat." I agree. Inexplicably, in a “news” culture driven by sensation, overblown hype, fear, and partisan agendas, the severity of this threat has been almost completely ignored. Why?

The first alert, issued in March 2018 by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, confirms renewed Russian attacks on our critical infra...

April 24, 2018

Today I signed the 287(g) Jail Enforcement Officer Memorandum of Agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Jail Enforcement Officer MOA is designed to identify and process aliens who are within the CCSO’s jail who are amenable for removal in line with ICE’s civil immigration enforcement priorities. The 287(g) program will remove criminal illegal aliens from our community once they’ve been committed to our jail.

This MOA is signed in memory of Zulma Alvarez and her unborn son, as well as all the past and future victims of criminal illegal aliens in Culpeper County. Although I’ve seen others first-hand who have been killed and injured in Culpeper by illegal aliens, Zulma Alvarez and her unborn son were the first killed...

March 12, 2018

President Trump has released his proposals for enhancing school safety. They include:

  • Hardening our schools: The Administration will make sure our schools are safe and secure—just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings—with better training and preparedness.

  • Strengthening background checks and prevention: President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.

  • Reforming mental health programs: The President is proposing an expansion and reform of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.

  • Keeping the conversation going: In addition to these immediate...

March 9, 2018

The bullet that killed Kate Steinle was shot from a gun being held by (or stepped on by, if you care to believe it) illegal immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. (Some media outlets call him an “undocumented” immigrant, but he’s undocumented because he’s illegal.) If Zarate had not been in the country, he wouldn’t have shot Kate Steinle, plain and simple. Whether it legally amounted to murder or another homicide is beside the point. She is dead because he was here.

Zarate should not have been here. He had been deported five times and been convicted seven times of felonies. Zarate “would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer.”

Incredibly, despite the fact that Kate Steinle’s death is directl...

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Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins

Scott H. Jenkins, a career law enforcement professional, has proudly served as Sheriff of Culpeper County, Virginia since 2012. Situated just 75 miles from the nation's capital, Culpeper County houses several key federal and private facilities, many of which require enhanced security. 

Scott Jenkins is a recognized thought leader in the areas of Second Amendment rights, secure communities, constitutional government, and law enforcement. He is recognized for his no-nonsense but compassionate approach to law enforcement. He has been invited to the White House as a member of a small group of Sheriffs from around the country to brief the President on issues relating to immigration reform, Second Amendment rights, and secure communities. 

Scott Jenkins has held a number of leadership positions throughout his career, including Chief Deputy of Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office, supervising Criminal Investigations as a Sergeant and a Lieutenant, and supervising patrols as a Patrol Sergeant. He formed the first SWAT Team in Culpeper County, conducted the first "active shooter" training program for the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office and the Culpeper Police Department, and has served as a firearms instructor. 

Scott Jenkins has proudly received the “Deputy of the Year” award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also honored to be selected for the Victim's Advocacy Award by the Culpeper Crime Victim's
Assistance Program.

Protecting his community always has been, and remains, Scott Jenkins' highest objective. Toward that end, he believes that a limited federal government, strong Second Amendment rights, and clear-eyed threat identification and assessment are crucial. His thought leadership in these areas has resulted in him being invited to speak at local, state, and national conferences that address these issues.


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