Albemarle County Police Department

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Albemarle County Police Department
Abbreviation ACPD
Agency overview
Formed 1983
Employees 149
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Albemarle in the state of Virginia, USA
Map of Virginia highlighting Albemarle County.svg
Map of Albemarle County Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 726 square miles (1,880 km2)
Population 98,970
Legal jurisdiction Albemarle County
Governing body County (US)
Constituting instrument Yes
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Charlottesville, Virginia
Police Officers 126
Civilians 23
Agency executive Ron Lantz, Chief of Police
Website
Official Website
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing 98,970 people within 726 square miles (1,880 km2) of jurisdiction within Albemarle County, VA.

History[edit]

The ACPD was created in 1983 with George W. Bailey as the first chief of police.[1]

Organization[edit]

The chief of police is Steve Sellers. The ACPD currently has 123 sworn officers, 23 civilian employees, and 3 animal control officers.[2]

The Operations Bureau provides the following services:

  • Daylight Patrol Division To provide preventive patrol, traffic enforcement, motor vehicle accident investigation and response to both non-emergency and emergency needs from 7:45 am and 3:45 pm.
  • Evening Patrol Division To provide preventive patrol, traffic enforcement, motor vehicle accident investigation and response to both non-emergency and emergency needs from 3:45 pm and 11:45 pm.
  • Midnight Patrol Division To provide preventive patrol, traffic enforcement, motor vehicle accident investigation and response to both non-emergency and emergency needs from 11:45 pm and 7:45 am.
  • Community Support Division To watch over vehicle traffic, school safety, animal control issues and neighborhood quality of life concerns.

The Support Services Bureau provides the following services:

  • Administrative Services Division To facilitate the law enforcement operations in Albemarle County.
  • Management Support Unit The ACPF was accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) in June 2000.
  • Investigations Division To respond to domestic crimes, homicides, sexual crimes, robberies, narcotics, economic crimes and cyber crimes.
  • Office of Professional Standards To watch over the internal affairs investigations and the internal audit functions within the ACPD.[3]

Specialized Teams[edit]

  • Tactical Team To support the police department and any other requesting law enforcement agency, with approval from the Chief of Police, or his designee, with a tactical response to high risk incidents, life-threatening situations, and crisis events.
  • Drivers Training Team To provide progressive, hands on experience in the safe operation and dynamics of emergency vehicle operations.
  • K-9
  • Defense Tactics Team To provide up to date training in hands on techniques to both members of the ACPD and also to persons attending the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Center.
  • Firearms Team To provide instruction and written material to sworn personnel regarding the safe and effective use of all departmentally issued firearms.
  • Surveillance Operations Team Provides services as needed for surveillance of crime scenes, locating and apprehending wanted subjects, and assisting other agencies in surveillance operations.
  • Bike Team The team patrols in the urban sectors of the county.
  • Forensics Team To provide timely forensic services
  • Honor Guard To represent the ACPD at public functions and events throughout the state.
  • Crises Negotiation Team They respond to the scene of all hostage or barricade situations and through verbal communications, secure the release of all hostages and facilitate the apprehension of all suspects.
  • Accident Reconstruction Team To provide a fixed and defined investigation to serious automobile crashes.
  • Underwater Recovery Team Provides services to the recovery of bodies, salvage of equipment and property, collection of evidence, and investigating underwater crime scenes.
  • Background Investigations Team To conduct thorough and appropriate background investigations on potential employees with the police department.
  • Field Training Officers To develop and influence newly appointed officers, promote the culture, reinforce the traditions and set the standards for what is right and what is wrong.
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Team To provide emotional support to others within and outside the agency by means of our own emotional stability.[4]

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