Deputy Paul W. Nash 

Deputy Nash began his law enforcement career with the Portsmouth Police Department at the age of 15 with his involvement in that agency's Law Enforcement Explorer Program. He was hired as a full-time Police Aide in 1987 and in 1988; he was hired as a Police Officer.  In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  As Sergeant, his assignments included the Crime Analysis and Intelligence Unit, the Uniform Patrol Division, Accreditation Manager, the Crime Prevention Unit, the Emergency Communications Unit, the Property and Evidence Unit, the Technical Services Unit, and the Police Records Unit. He retired from the Portsmouth Police Department with 21 years of service.

 In 2008, Deputy Nash joined the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office and is currently assigned to the Court Services Division performing courthouse security duties.  Deputy Nash is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services as a Police Instructor and a Crime Prevention Specialist. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriff's Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and several other local and national law enforcement groups.


Support your Sheriff's Office!  Become involved in your Neighborhood Watch program if you have one.  If you do not have one, become the catalyst to start one up in your community. The Sheriff's Office can assist you getting one started.  Law Enforcement cannot effectively prevent and deter crime without citizen support and proactive community partnerships.  A Neighborhood Watch program helps to deter crime tremendously because neighbors are aware of what is going on and they know who appears suspicious and out of place. This promotes a willingness to contact the Sheriff's Office to check out the situation, rather than just ignoring it and providing the opportunity for a crime to occur.