June 15, 2023

Get an Exclusive Look Inside the Virginia Beach Correctional Center with New A&E Series

"Booked: First Day In" showcases the work of the City’s deputy sheriffs.
VB Correctional Center intake desk

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office (VBSO) will be featured on a new A&E series, “Booked: First Day In,” a nonfiction television show that follows arrestees through the booking process, telling the stories of why they were arrested and what happens next.

The 16-episode series takes place in Virginia Beach, Modesto, California, and Bunnell, Florida.

The first episode airs Thursday, June 15, at 10 p.m. on A&E. The one-hour episodes will also be available on A&E’s website.

The series gives an inside look into the job and daily responsibilities of Virginia Beach deputy sheriffs as they book arrestees into the jail. Deputies are responsible for the safety and security of every person brought into the facility, totaling more than 11,000 arrests last year. Their role includes searching arrestees for drugs and weapons, taking their fingerprints and mug shots and, if denied bond by a magistrate, dressing them out in a jail jumpsuit.

The VBSO granted exclusive access to camera crews for several weeks this spring. They only filmed arrestees who agreed to participate in the show.

“I am incredibly proud of the work that my deputy sheriffs do every day, and I was excited for the opportunity to showcase that work to the world,” said Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle. “It’s important that the public sees and understands what we do. This show will give viewers a greater understanding of our criminal justice system and the important role that the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office plays in public safety.”

“Booked: First Day In” will answer the question: What happens after someone is arrested? It includes individuals charged with both minor misdemeanor offenses and serious felonies, and follows them as they seek bond and learn whether they can go home.

“Transparency is the cornerstone of everything we do, so we had no qualms about giving camera crews access to our facility,” said VBSO Chief Deputy Rocky Holcomb. “We had a great experience working with the production team and are proud to show the integrity, professionalism and compassion of our deputies.”

Public safety and community service are the core missions of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, a constitutional office with more than 500 sworn and civilian appointees. Deputies play an important role in public safety, requiring strong problem-solving and critical-reasoning skills. If you’re interested in becoming a deputy sheriff and joining the VBSO team, visit www.vbso.net/sworn-positions for more information.


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