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Chester County Sheriff’s Office boosts security measures

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office announced a significant boost in security measures that will strengthen the safety and security of county facilities, courts, and the community.

Six Chester County Sheriff’s Office individuals were promoted, taking their ceremonial oath in Courtroom 1 of the County’s Justice Center.  

Those promoted include Daniel Clifton, Martin Lawson, and Robert Burkley, moving from Corporal to the rank of Sergeant. Deputies Deborah Gibney, Deborah Scavello and Kevin Griffin are now Corporals.  

In addition to the promotions, the Sheriff’s Office has strengthened and expanded its security team, promoting Jose Mestre, James Harris, and Samantha Gomez from Security Officer I to Security Officer II, and welcoming seven new security officers to reinforce safety measures.  

Under the leadership of Sheriff Kevin Dykes, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has swiftly implemented several changes that increase security operations and enhance staffing levels.  

Sheriff Dykes said, “This Office is making great strides to keep our county buildings and courts secure, and make sure that all who pass through those doors are safe.  These promotions reflect the dedication to professional development of our current staff, and we are proud of our newly promoted leaders.”

To add to the security efforts, The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with a respected vendor security company which has deployed seven security officers under the Sheriff’s command to provide supplemental security services.  

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is focused on a comprehensive overhaul which includes the creation of new security positions, revitalizing the honor guard unit, the fugitive apprehension unit, wheels unit, implementing physical fitness programs to boost deputy well-being, and community outreach.  

In addition, the office has launched an aggressive recruitment campaign with three deputy candidates set to graduate from the academy in June, the recent hiring of two additional deputies, and four new deputy candidates scheduled to begin their training at the police academy in July.  

“We also have a number of interviews in progress to make our deputy force even stronger by the end of the year,” said Dykes. 

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce plans to deputize two members of the Chester County Prison to serve as K-9 handlers, creating a partnership to expand K-9 services across the county, including the enhancement of their current unit.  

Added Dykes, “As we continue to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of law enforcement, we remain committed to professionalism, integrity, and public service.  We also thank the County Commissioners for their support to ensure that we can hire the best deputies to serve Chester County.”