Norfolk Police Department
|Norfolk Police Department|
|Patch of the Norfolk Police Department.|
|Annual budget||$63.6 million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Norfolk in the state of Virginia, USA|
|Map of Norfolk Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||96.3 square miles (249 km2)|
|Agency executive||Michael Goldsmith, Chief of Police|
|Stations||3 Patrol Divisions|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Norfolk Police Department (NPD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing 242,803 people within 96.3 square miles (249 km2) of jurisdiction within Norfolk.
Homeland Security Division
The Homeland Security Division, comprising the Harbor Patrol Unit, Special Operations Team, and Bomb Squad, serves the department and citizens by maintaining a state of preparedness for emergency response to critical incidents, terrorism and other security threats.
- Harbor Patrol Unit The Harbor Patrol Unit is responsible for ensuring safe flow of waterborne critical assets transiting the Norfolk Harbor. They also focus on recreational boating through the enforcement of state and city codes.
- Special Operations Team The SOT is responsible for a rapid ready response to critical incidents outside the training and weapons capability of the patrol divisions such as hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, tubular assaults, active threats, high-risk arrest/search warrants, narcotics search warrants, vehicle take-downs, and maritime operations.
- Bomb Squad The Bomb Squad is responsible for providing a rapid, technical response to calls for service involving real or suspected explosives and explosive devices; to provide additional resources to the Homeland Security Division; and to provide training and instruction to the NPD in the recognition of, and response to situations involving explosives.
The Personal Division is responsible for maintaining departmental personnel records, coordinating the department’s disability management program, overseeing police recruitment processes, and coordinating the Master Police Officer Program.
- Training Unit The Training Unit is responsible for improving job performance and proficiency, the meeting or exceeding of the Department of Criminal Justice Service's (DCJS) training standards and requirements, improving the quality of training with organizational goals in mind and to ensure the department’s philosophy and mandates are clearly understood.
- Citizens’ Police Academy and CPAAAN The Citizens' Police Academy is responsible for providing Norfolk residents information about the NPD and how it works. The Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association of Norfolk, CPAAAN, is offered to graduates of the Citizens' Police Academy, where members support law enforcement throughout Norfolk.
Strategic Management Division
The Strategic Management Division formulates, evaluates, and monitors the policies, and procedures, that support the department in achieving its vision and mission. They are also responsible for managing the department’s directives system consisting of general orders.
Control Records Division
The Control Records Division is responsible for a repository for criminal histories, correspondence, fingerprints, photographs, incident and accident reports, and all warrants.
- Warrant Unit The Warrant Unit is responsible for processing felony and misdemeanor warrants, Circuit Court indictments, PB15 parole/probation violation papers, capiases, magistrate summonses, and other legal documents, issued by courts or magistrates.
- Technology Support Unit The Technology Support Unit is responsible for the coordination of the security and administration of the Virginia Criminal Network, the police department record management system, LINx security and system administrators, and acts as the security liaison for the City Information Technology Department.
Crime Prevention Unit
- Neighborhood Watch
- Business Watch
- Civic Leagues
- Security Surveys
- Safer by Design
- Environmental Crimes
- Speaker’s Bureau
- Special Programs
- Police Athletic League
- Police Explorers’ Post 191
- Seniors Programs
- Crime Prevention for the Hispanic Community
The Chaplaincy Corps consists of volunteer chaplains who provide valuable service to personnel both during times of trauma and as participants in various department ceremonies.
- Detective Division The Detective Division is responsible for investigating felony and serious misdemeanor crimes occurring within Norfolk’s jurisdiction and to identify, arrest, and present offenders to the judicial system.
- Vice and Narcotics Division The Vice and Narcotics Division is responsible for investigating cases involving narcotics activities throughout the City of Norfolk and consists of the Narcotics Unit and the Street Enforcement Unit.
- COMPSTAT COMPSTAT stands for management accountability in policing through Computerized Statistics
- Crime Analysis Unit The Crime Analysis Unit is responsible for supporting the operational elements and the administration of the Police Department by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on crime pattern detection, crime-suspect correlation, target profile analysis, and forecasting crime potential, trends, and patterns.
Norfolk is divided into 3 patrol divisions, each consisting of three sectors.
- K-9 Unit The K-9 Unit is responsible for the augmenting operations of the three patrol divisions through a complement of dog teams on patrol.
- Traffic Unit The Traffic Unit consists of motorcycles, marked, and unmarked patrol units. It also has control over the school crossing guards assigned to schools throughout the city.
- Chief (four gold stars)
- Senior Assistant Chief (three gold stars)
- Assistant Chief (silver eagle)
- Captain (gold bars)
Since the establishment of the Norfolk Police Department, 38 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Officer John McNerney||
|Officer Rufus A. Hobbs||
|Officer Stonewall J. Taylor||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Officer Ashville T. Williamson||
|Officer Harvey J. Babb||
|Officer Harry J. Charlton||
|Officer William L. Sherrod||
||Struck by streetcar|
|Officer Edward J. Vellines||
|Officer Daniel A. Weisbrod||
|Officer Joseph E. Johnson||
|Officer Allen E. Lindsay||
|Sergeant Benjamin H. Butts||
|Officer Jefferson R. Holland||
|Officer John Franklin Harmann||
|Officer Arthur Herbert Barrett||
|Officer Michael Aloisio||
|Officer Frank A. Davis||
|Officer Robert F. Dunn||
|Chief of Police John Fulton Woods||
|Detective George W. Perkins||
|Officer Daniel E. Hobbs||
|Officer Carlton J. Byrd||
|Officer William Warren Lassiter||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Officer Louis E. Spry||
|Officer Robert C. Hill||
|Officer Benjamin E. Myrick||
|Detective Robert Courtland Wash||
|Officer William Peterson||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Sergeant Robert J. Bouchard||
|Officer Lewis Willard Hurst Jr.||
|Officer Stephen Samuel Douros||
|Officer John C. Thomas III||
|Officer Douglas Eric Drye||
|Police Officer William Henry Burtt||
|Police Officer James B. Gilbert||
|Police Officer Sheila Herring||
|Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves||
|Police Officer Seneca Bailey Darden||
- Norfolk Police Department - Homeland Security Division
- Norfolk Police Department - Personnel Division
- Norfolk Police Department - Strategic Management
- Norfolk Police Department - Central Records
- Norfolk Police Department - Crime Prevention Unit
- Norfolk Police Department - Patrol
- Officer Down Memorial page