Scott H. Jenkins

Leadership for our times.

August 25, 2017

Recently there was a big outcry over the U.S. Department of Justice calling illegal aliens “illegal aliens.” This followed years of the Obama administration refusing to call them what they are.

For anyone with a dictionary, it’s not clear why calling them “illegal aliens” is a problem, since the term is correct by definition. Merriam-Webster defines “illegal” as “not according to or authorized by law.” Merriam-Webster defines “alien” as “relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government.” So they are illegal aliens.

Let’s break this down. Whether illegal aliens enter the country illegally, or whether they enter legally and then unlawfully violate the terms of their visa, they are present illegally. There is no way...

August 16, 2017

When we try to restrict what people can discuss, we take away peoples’ option to use their words. This can create situations where people are frustrated at having only one perspective presented, like we see on so many college and university campuses, or -- much worse --


This issue was recently addressed in a Supreme Court case about trademarks.

The case dealt with an Asian-American band that tried to trademark their band name “The Slants.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied their application, saying that it was illegal to trademark a disparaging name. (This was the same argument used to cancel the trademarked name of the Washington “Redskins” football team.) The band fought all the way to the Supreme Court, where t...

August 11, 2017

Words matter. As humans, they are the primary means by which we communicate. Whether orally or in written form, words provide us with shared meaning by which we can engage on shared topics.

In law enforcement, it is well known that our words are often our most important tool. They can be used to de-escalate, restore order, bring calm, give commands, maintain control, and subdue the unlawful.

If words are not effective, violence is often the alternative. Generally, violence is to be avoided unless others make choices that compel the use of superior physical force to protect oneself or others. In short, we prefer to use words to resolve our differences and to understand each other better.

The term "Islamophobia" is one that has been used in...

July 25, 2017

Most people would rightly be very disturbed by reports that a hostile force has hacked the computer systems of U.S. nuclear power plants. But that's not the worst of it.

July 7, 2017

President Trump’s speech to the people of Poland clearly and unapologetically stated enduring values that are the foundation of Western civilization. Unlike the previous American president, he did not apologize for American strengths that have served us well since our founding. His remarks resonated in a way that some compared to Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill.

Among the many fine points in his speech, three in particular stood out to me.

President Trump’s Commitment To Combat Terrorism

In Poland, President Trump was explicit about the threat facing all of us from Islamist terrorists, and his vow to combat it:

We are confronted by another oppressive ideology -- one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe.  Am...

June 29, 2017

The preamble to the Declaration of Independence declares “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

What does it mean to have an “unalienable Right [to] … Life?” There are as many possible answers to that as there are lives on the planet. However, it is self-evident that such a right exists, and that it is not given to us by another human being. It is “endowed by [our] Creator.”

Inherent in our right to life is the right to defend our life when it is threatened. To argue otherwise renders the right to life meaningless. It would be a right only until the next would-be bully threatened it.

How we defend our right t...

June 22, 2017

Anyone with even moderate awareness recently will see that we have experienced a significant increase in terrorist attacks committed by one person only. (Another article will address the fact there is no such thing as a “lone wolf” attack by a Muslim terrorist. They are all behaving as Islam, not extremist Islam, dictates.) Far from occurring only outside the United States, a recent jihadi terrorist attack occurred on a law enforcement officer in the Flint, Michigan airport.

After this kind of attack there is the inevitable question about how it could have been prevented. Usually, the focus is on what intelligence agencies did or did not know, and how much prior interaction those agencies had with the attacker. Sometimes the intelligenc...

June 16, 2017

The recent shooting targeting Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball team practice in Arlington, Virginia is instructive for many reasons.

First, it shows that the best way to stop a shooter is by shooting back. The House of Representatives acknowledged this in its resolution thanking the Capitol Police for their response at the baseball field. Even the liberal media were forced to admit that, without an armed response, it would have been a “massacre.” This basic truth may be uncomfortable or distasteful to those who want to pretend that evil and violence do not exist. However, until that time when evil and violence have been completely eliminated from humans, there will always be those willing to use violence to achieve their...

June 7, 2017

The terror attacks are coming so frequently now that it is impossible to read or listen to the news without learning of a new one. And these are the terror attacks that the media cannot deny are committed in the name of Islam.

After a rash of attacks in the U.K., including in Manchester and on London Bridge, some in the U.K. may finally be awakened to the dangers posed by Islam. Prime Minister Theresa May has finally said, “Enough is enough.”

We would hope that “enough is enough” means that governments will finally get serious about identifying and dealing with the threats posed by Islam. If those governments need to identify it as “radical” or “extreme” Islam to remain politically relevant is less important now than taking effective ste...

April 21, 2017

President Trump was elected based in part on his promise to stem the increasingly unchallenged flow of illegal immigrants into this country. Since taking office he has enacted many measures to do just that. His executive orders have met with legal challenges, some of which have been sustained and some of which have been denied. It remains to be seen how these will ultimately be decided.

Some jurisdictions responded to the President's exercise of his executive authority on immigration by declaring themselves “sanctuary cities” or “sanctuary jurisdictions.” Although there is no single legal definition, generally speaking a “sanctuary city” is one that in practice or by law refuses to cooperate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

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Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins

Sheriff 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. His thought leadership in these areas has resulted in him being invited to the White House numerous times for briefings with the Executive Branch. He also speaks at local, state, and national conferences on these issues. He has numerous appearances on Fox News, local network affiliates of the major networks, international media, and digital media. Print stories on his principled stands have appeared in local, national, and international media.


In 2019 Scott made headlines by promising to deputize thousands of law-abiding citizens in the face of proposed unconstitutional gun control legislation. His principled stand, as well as his untiring commitment to protecting our Second Amendment, helped lead to the defeat of one of the most overreaching gun-control bills proposed by the Democrat Virginia legislature in the 2020 session. His fight for our God-given rights, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, continues.


Scott Jenkins has held a number of supervisory and leadership positions throughout his career. He formed the first SWAT Team in Culpeper County, conducted the first active shooter training in Culpeper, and has served for years as a tactics and firearms instructor. Under his leadership, active shooter training has been provided to every public school employee in Culpeper County. The Culpeper Sheriff's Office provides free concealed carry training to thousands of law-abiding citizens.


Protecting his community always has been, and remains, Scott Jenkins' highest objective. Toward that end, he is pleased to have prevailed in several lawsuits brought by the ACLU and similar groups attacking his cooperation with the federal government in enforcing our nation's immigration laws. Scott does not back down from what he believes is right.


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