The Roanoke Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the public to an ongoing telephone scam involving jury duty. The Sheriff’s Office has received multiple new reports from citizens who have been contacted by callers claiming to be deputy sheriffs, IRS Agents, or other law enforcement personnel. The fraudulent callers tell the victims that they have failed to comply with jury subpoenas, or have missed a court date and are subject to fines or arrest. In some instances, the victims have been asked to acquire a Green Dot card from a local store, other gift cards, or use their credit cards and call them with the card number or meet them at the Sheriff’s Office to make cash payments. This is a scam.
The Roanoke Sheriff’s Office does not solicit payments from individuals in this manner and asks that anyone with questions regarding jury service in the City of Roanoke please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 540-853-5884. Anyone receiving these types of fraudulent calls should notify their local law enforcement agency immediately.
All persons entering the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office, Courts, and Jail maybe subject to a personal search.
No electronic devices are allowed in the Roanoke City Courts or Jail. This includes, but is not limited to cell phones, tablets, laptops and smart watches.
The Roanoke City Jail is closed to the public from 11:00 to 12:30 PM daily.
As of June 1, 2016 visitation at the Roanoke City Jail on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m. The previous start time for visitation on these evenings was 7:00 p.m.