Voters in Loudon County, VA, may soon be faced with a referendum that could lead elected officials to begin the formal process of creating a county-wide police agency.

According to Loudon Now, the proposed new agency would begin to provide primary police services in 2024, while the sheriff's department would continue to maintain the jails, courthouses, and other services.

County Chair Phyllis Randall has been pressing for a new police agency to cover the entire county, saying that it would increase transparency and accountability of law enforcement activities.

If Loudoun decides to hand primary law enforcement duties to a police department, it will be the first Virginia county to do so since 1995.