Junior Deputy Academy Training

Stafford County Sheriff's
Junior Deputy Academy

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The Stafford Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Academy (JDA) is designed for children who have an avid interest in Law Enforcement and are eager to learn more from deputies who work in their community. The academy is designed to provide a basic understanding of what deputies do through educational hands-on activities and experiences along with classroom presentations. This program focuses on the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office core values: Professionalism, Fairness, Compassion and Integrity, encouraging each participant to continue to practice these values long after they ‘graduate’ from the program.

Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation Director of Operations, Kathleen Steininger, has first hand experience with the JDA program from her time working at the Stafford Sheriff’s Office. This connection, and a meeting at DARE Day 2021, put everything in motion, and for the second year in a row, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation was asked to come train Junior Deputies during their week at the Academy. This Summer, we trained over 50 kids during a two week period.

Rising 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders received Hands-Only CPR training and learned how to use an AED. This training provides these kids the knowledge, confidence and skills to stay calm in a medical emergency and help someone in need. We value our partnership with Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and look forward to training many more Junior Deputies in the future.

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Joel Griffin

Chairman & Co-Founder

Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.

Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.

In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.

Email: joel@gwynethsgift.org