The Town of Vinton and the Vinton Messenger are partnering to put the spotlight on Town of Vinton employees during the month of their birthdays. The Town is proud to have these individuals on staff and want to make the community aware of who is “behind the scenes” making the town operate so successfully.
The Spotlight this week is on Patrol Officer Jesse Dibble. He was sworn in as a member of the Vinton Police Department in May 2022.
Dibble is a military veteran having served in the United States Navy from 1994-1996. He has been a sworn officer since 2000 and started his law enforcement career with the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office in an auxiliary position in court security. In 2002 he accepted a job with the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office as Patrol Supervisor, Narcotics K9 Handler, SWAT team leader, and Field Training Officer.
Officer Dibble joined the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 when he moved to Roanoke, where he served in an auxiliary capacity, but stayed very active in patrol, and also in the Marine Patrol on Smith Mountain Lake.
He has a long history of public service, joining the Orange County Rescue Squad at age 14 as a junior squad member and ran calls until he joined the Navy.
Dibble is the founder and Director of the (Master Sergeant) George A. Bannar, Jr., Scholarship. Bannar was a high school friend killed in action in 2013, a Special Forces Medic. The $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to graduating JROTC cadets at Orange County High School.
He is also the co-founder and vice president of the “Queen City Rucking for 22,” a veteran and first responder-based non-profit designed to align veterans and first responders with outreach programs to reduce veteran and first responder suicides.
Dibble enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old daughter and also kayaking, hiking, and fishing.
“The Vinton Police Department continues us make us proud every day by providing excellent, exceedingly professional service for all the citizens of our town,” said Vinton Mayor Brad Grose. “The VPD is fully accredited, which means the leadership and the officers maintain an extremely high level of integrity and operational excellence. The members of the Police Department are not only well trained and well equipped, but they also truly care about the citizens of Vinton. There have been numerous stories of our officers going above and beyond their duty requirements. The Town of Vinton is a better, quieter, safer place because of the dedicated professionals in the Vinton Police Department like Officer Dibble.”