Safe Exchange Zone


Monday - Friday   5:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Saturday - Sunday   24 hours each day


Located along Marion Harland Road in the Courthouse Square complex, with gold painted boxes on the pavement and signs marking the zone.

Combined Safe Exchange Zone and Zoomed

About the Safe Exchange Zone

In the continued effort by the Powhatan County Sheriff's Office to put the "community" in "community policing," Sheriff Brad Nunnally has established a video monitored, open and readily discernable Safe Exchange Zone. This parking area may be used by anyone on a first-come, first-served basis to conduct face-to-face meetings in a secure, video-recorded environment, for purposes including, but not limited to, child custody exchanges or personal sales transactions for items purchased online or through classified ads.

A sign marking the location states: "Safe Exchange Zone Parking. This area is under twenty-four hour video surveillance. For emergencies call 911. For non-emergencies call 804-598-5656." A high resolution camera was added to the existing courthouse security camera system. This camera will record continuously twenty-four hours a day.

The Powhatan County Sheriff's Office could not have created this zone without the invaluable assistance of local VDOT personnel, who painted the lines for the parking places and installed the signs marking the area. These kinds of sites are being replicated across the state as a response to the crimes being committed at the scene of child custody exchanges and business transactions.

If you have any questions about the use of this zone, please don't hesitate to contact 1st Sergeant Arthur Gregory at 804-598-5318 or Captain Danny Smith at 804-598-5757.