Shenandoah County, VA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Shenandoah is a county of about 42,000 residents in northern Virginia.  To curtail prostitution markets in the county, and respond to citizen complaints, police have used tactics to combat consumer-level demand.  The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has participated in undercover operations headed by the Mount Jackson Police Department. MJPD and several other agencies, including the Woodstock Police Department, New Market Police Department, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Northern Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force. For example, a reverse sting in  March, 2014 resulted in six arrests, and the names and ages of those arrested were released to news outlets.

Key Partners

  • Mount Jackson Police Department
  • Woodstock Police Department
  • New Market Police Department
  • Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Northern Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force
  • Winchester Police Department
State Virginia
Type County
Population 42583
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