Norfolk Police Department

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This article is about the police department in Virginia. For the police service in England, see Norfolk Constabulary.
Norfolk Police Department
Abbreviation NPD
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Patch of the Norfolk Police Department
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Badge of the Norfolk Police Department
Agency overview
Formed 1797
Employees 885
Annual budget $63.6 million
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
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)
Population 242,803
Governing body City
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Norfolk, Virginia
Police Officers 757
Civilians 128
Agency executive Michael Goldsmith, Chief of Police
Stations 3 Patrol Divisions
Official Website
* 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, Virginia.

Homeland Security Division[edit]

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.[1]

Administrative Services[edit]

Personnel Division[edit]

The Personnel 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.[2]

Strategic Management Division[edit]

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.[3]

Central Records Division[edit]

The Central 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.[4]

Crime Prevention Unit[edit]

  • 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[5]

Chaplaincy Corps[edit]

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.

Investigative Services[edit]

  • 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.

Field Operations[edit]

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.[6]

Rank structure[edit]

Rank Insignia Badge
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Deputy Chief
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Senior Assistant Chief †
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Assistant Chief
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Insignia is worn on the collar or as shoulder marks on the jacket.
Rank Insignia Badge
Sergeant Major †
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This rank is appointed from the body of sergeants; only one sworn officer holds this rank, who oversees the entirety of administrative operations of the department.
Insignia is worn on the collar or as shoulder marks on the jacket.
Rank Insignia Badge
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Insignia is worn on the uniform or jacket sleeve.
Rank Badge Rank Badge
Master Police Officer
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Police Officer
Police Officer and Detective are equivalent ranks and neither supervisory to the other.
No rank insignia is worn by the primary ranks on any uniform.
Only primary ranks display a badge number on the uniform badge.

A number of uniformed civilian staff assist with the daily or periodic functions of the department. Operations Officers may perform desk functions, assist with the handling of evidence, traffic control, and various other administrative functions.[7] Chaplains are typically on call and may be paged out to incidents involving casualties, particularly of police personnel, or when their services may be otherwise warranted.[8]
Rank Insignia Badge
Operations Officer II
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Operations Officer I No insignia
Senior Chaplain The insignia are metal pins of the religious symbol of the religion the chaplain represents, worn on the collar. The pins are silver for Chaplains and gold for the Senior Chaplain.
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Insignia for the rank of Operations Officer II is worn on the sleeve.
Chaplains insignia are metal pins worn on the collar only.

Rank not currently in use

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Norfolk Police Department, 39 officers have died in the line of duty.[9]

Officer Date of Death Details
Officer John McNerney
Thursday, September 22, 1904
Officer Rufus A. Hobbs
Friday, July 23, 1909
Animal Related
Officer Stonewall J. Taylor
Tuesday, November 13, 1917
Struck by vehicle
Officer Ashville T. Williamson
Thursday, October 31, 1918
Officer Harvey J. Babb
Tuesday, October 21, 1919
Motorcycle accident
Officer Harry J. Charlton
Tuesday, August 24, 1920
Officer William L. Sherrod
Thursday, September 9, 1920
Struck by streetcar
Officer Edward J. Vellines
Wednesday, November 5, 1924
Officer Daniel A. Weisbrod
Thursday, December 6, 1928
Officer Joseph E. Johnson
Monday, August 11, 1930
Motorcycle accident
Officer Allen E. Lindsay
Tuesday, August 21, 1934
Motorcycle accident
Sergeant Benjamin H. Butts
Tuesday, January 1, 1935
Officer Jefferson R. Holland
Tuesday, August 17, 1937
Motorcycle accident
Officer John Franklin Harmann
Tuesday, March 29, 1938
Officer Arthur Herbert Barrett
Saturday, April 9, 1938
Heart Attack
Officer Michael Aloisio
Tuesday, May 23, 1939
Motorcycle Accident
Officer Frank A. Davis
Tuesday, July 13, 1943
Officer Robert F. Dunn
Tuesday, July 13, 1943
Chief of Police John Fulton Woods
Friday, October 4, 1946
Automobile Accident
Detective George W. Perkins
Thursday, December 12, 1946
Automobile Accident
Officer Daniel E. Hobbs
Sunday, April 27, 1952
Automobile Accident
Officer Carlton J. Byrd
Monday, August 25, 1952
Motorcycle accident
Officer William Warren Lassiter
Thursday, May 1, 1958
Struck by vehicle
Officer Louis E. Spry
Saturday, July 26, 1958
Vehicle Pursuit
Officer Robert C. Hill
Wednesday, December 9, 1959
Automobile accident
Officer Benjamin E. Myrick
Saturday, February 13, 1960
Motorcycle accident
Detective Robert Courtland Wash
Tuesday, May 16, 1961
Officer William Peterson
Saturday, March 17, 1962
Struck by vehicle
Sergeant Robert J. Bouchard
Friday, September 3, 1971
Officer Lewis Willard Hurst Jr.
Wednesday, May 24, 1972
Officer Stephen Samuel Douros
Saturday, June 21, 1980
Vehicular assault
Officer John C. Thomas III
Wednesday, April 4, 1984
Motorcycle accident
Officer Douglas Eric Drye
Saturday, April 14, 1984
Police Officer William Henry Burtt
Tuesday, February 3, 1998
Police Officer James B. Gilbert
Friday, September 28, 2001
Police Officer Sheila Herring
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves
Friday, October 28, 2005
Police Officer Seneca Bailey Darden
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Gunfire (accidental)
Police Officer Brian Jones
Friday, May 30, 2014

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