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Amherst County Jail

115 Taylor Street

Amherst, VA  24521

County History:   

Amherst is its own county seat and was created in 1761 and named for Lord Jeffery Amherst.  Lord Amherst was known as commander of the British forces who took Canada from the French.  In the early years, it was an area of great tobacco growth.  Originally populated with native American hunters and fishermen.  Amherst County produced more Confederate soldiers per capita than anywhere else in the confederate states.  The area is ripe with architecture from the 18th through 20th centuries.  

County Population:  32,178

Area Code(s):  434

Jail Website:  None

County Sheriff:  E. W. Viar, Jr,,  

Deputy Sheriff:  Major Betty Wise,,  

Crime Stats for Amherst:  Amherst’s violent crime rate has been incredibly low for several years.  As of 2015, it was zero. 

Per 1,000 residents, Amherst has 2.27 or 5 officers, which is slightly above Virginia’s average of 2.24  

County Clerk:  Unknown: 

Inmate Search Instructions:  No information available  

Visiting Hours:  No information available

Sending mail to Inmates:  No information available

Sending funds to inmates:  No information available

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Amherst County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined 71
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Full time payroll 20
Full time total employees 20
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The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is a full service Law Enforcement Agency. The Sheriff's Office provides First Responders to all calls for service related to law enforcement and public safety. The agency is separated into three divisions; Field Operations, Investigations, and Administration. These Divisions have several sub-components; Special Response Team, Court Security, Crime Prevention, Animal Control, Animal Shelter, and School Resource Officer program. Our team of approximately 61 employees, is dedicated to providing the best law enforcement possible for the citizens and visitors of Amherst County.
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The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is attempting to identify a subject involved with taking copper from Lee & Moss Grocery in Madison Heights. On 11/13/2017 at around 4:30 a.m. a white male can be seen on store surveillance footage stealing copper from around the store.

If you know anything about this incident you can contact the Sheriff’s Office via Facebook Messenger, by calling Inv. Greg Jones at 946-9373, or you can also remain anonymous by contacting Central Virginia Crimestoppers at or texting your message to 274637.
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Deputy Darren spent the afternoon with some great kids at today's Amherst Elementary School D.A.R.E Graduation!
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The Amherst County Sheriff's Office has arrested Allen Matthew Watson, 35, of Lynchburg. Watson is charged with grand larceny for the theft of electronic items from the Madison Heights Walmart on 11/06/2017.

Thanks to Crimestopper tips he was taken into custody on 11/07/2017 on this and other outstanding charges from Lynchburg without incident and transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center.

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