Steve M. Draper was elected Sheriff in November 1993. He took the oath of office January 1, 1994, which began his first term. Prior to being elected sheriff. Steve was employed by Sara Lee Knit Products where he served in management for thirteen years. Prior to employment with Sara Lee, he was employed by the Martinsville Sheriff's office. He served as a correctional officer, bailiff and as a civil process server and transportation officer.
Sheriff Draper is a member of the Chatham Heights Baptist Church in Martinsville. where he serves as a member of the youth council. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, Board member of the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy in Martinsville, Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee of the Drug Task Force of Martinsville and Henry County, and serves on the Court Security Committee of the National Sheriff's Association.
He is very active in local activities being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Martinsville Kiwanis Club, and active with the local United Way. In addition, Sheriff Draper brought National Night Out to our community by bringing the local constitutional officers and city departments together in a cooperative effort to provide, what has become an exciting event for the entire city. Sheriff Draper chairs the committee that provides the Fun Fair, a carnival that has become an annual event that is put on by the benevolent funds of each agency.
The Sheriff is a 1972 Graduate of Martinsville High School and has attended classes in Management and Administration of Justice at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville. He is the son of the late Robert L. Draper, who served as a Justice of the Peace for the city of Martinsville and the late Katherine Alexander Draper. He has one brother, Bobby Draper who is a Captain with the Martinsville Fire Department. The Sheriff and his wife Sue reside in the city of Martinsville.
A MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF STEVE DRAPER:
The City of Martinsville Sheriff's Office has undergone many changes since 1994. I took office on January 1, 1994 and at once we began changing the way we managed the Martinsville City Jail. The jail is a necessary evil that must be part of the local criminal justice system. Over the past seven years, Martinsville improved the corrections in the city by updating the current jail as well as building a state of the art medium security temporary facility.
We continue to provide court security for the three courts in the city, the Circuit Court, General District Court, and the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. Our courts operate just about every day of the week and we continue to have a rather large number of jury trials each year.
In our Civil Division we serve approximately 20,000 papers a year as well as transport inmates to state facilities and complete extradition's for the Commonwealth Attorney.
We have a very strong Electronic Monitoring program and have one officer dedicated to that program. When we have non-violent offenders to place on Electronic Monitoring, we not only require them to have a job , but we assist them in finding one . We also require them to pay their fine and court costs to the courts and they pay $10 per day to be on our program.
The "Clean Start" program. This program is designed to identify and assist individuals that are involved in drug use or abuse. We have two employees assigned to this program. One is the assessment counselor and the other is a caseworker/counselor. This is a very needed program in our area and we are expecting it to grow and be very beneficial to our area. Clean Start is a program operated with a joint effort between the Martinsville Sheriff's Office and Piedmont Community Services.
Our newest project is " Project Lifesaver" This project is an innovative and superlative initiative to aid the victims and families of people suffering Alzheimer's disease and related mentally dysfunctional disorders (ARMD), such as down's syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and autism. ARMD people are victims just as if they were criminally attacked because ARMD physically robs the victims of their mental facilities, their dignity, their health and ultimately their lives. The victim's family members watch as the ARMD assaults and ravishes their loved ones-stealing Hope, stealing Rest, and stealing Peace Of Mind.
PROJECT LIFESAVER will provide relief to these families and caretakers from the constant fear of not being able to quickly locate their loved ones should they wander from their homes. This program will accept citizens in the city of Martinsville, as well as neighboring Henry County. When the Henry County Sheriff's Office begins their program, the county cases will transfer to their program.
Citizen's placed on " Project Lifesaver " will be selected by application. Any citizen wishing to have a family member or loved one considered for the program should contact Officer Ed Gower of the Martinsville Sheriff's Office to receive an application.
Our staff is working hard to build one of the most respected sheriff's offices in the Commonwealth. The goal of the Martinsville Sheriff's Office is to create an organization recognized as a leaded in the community whose contributions help make Martinsville a safe and outstanding place to live.
We all work as a team and by working together, this team will make this goal a reality.