NORFOLK -- Norfolk Sheriff’s Office inmate work crews are helping the city bounce back from Mother Nature’s wintry blast.
Four dozen men, along with their uniformed supervisors, went from storm preparation to storm recovery following the latest, rare snow event.
Crews shoveled and sanded sidewalks at the city hall complex, courts buildings, schools, multi-service center, Harrison Opera House, Attucks Theater and Harbor Park.
The Inmate Work Force, comprised of non-violent offenders who request the outside assignments, don't normally help with snow events.
Officials said the men worked extremely hard in the challenging conditions and ensured that the city would bounce back from the storm.
“While members of my senior staff and I were out picking up deputies who needed rides to work due to impassable streets, our Inmate Work Crews were hard at work. I’ve never seen such a committed staff or witnessed such team work in action, as I did this week. I’m very proud of everyone-from our jail teams to the inmate work crews,” Sheriff Bob McCabe said.