Virginia Beach Police Department

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Virginia Beach Police Department
Abbreviation VBPD
Agency overview
Formed 1963
Employees 972
Annual budget $86.6 million
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Virginia Beach in the state of Virginia, USA
Map of Virginia Beach Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 497.3 square miles (1,288 km2)
Population 447,489
Governing body City
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Virginia Beach, Virginia
Police Officers 840
Civilians 132
Agency executive James A. Cervera, Chief of Police
Stations 4 precincts
Helicopters 2
Official Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing 447,489 people within 497.3 square miles (1,288 km2) of jurisdiction within Virginia Beach, VA.

Special Operations Bureau[edit]

Marine Patrol Unit 146 operating in Lynnhaven River

Special Operations is a bureau under the Police Operations Division. Officers are responsible for specialized traffic enforcement, maintaining and deploying rapid response teams for handling unusual occurrences, and conducting law enforcement actions. Tactical units used to accomplish this include:

  • Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) - Responsible for the resolution of situations requiring unique actions, tactics, or equipment. The goal of the unit is to resolve situations while limiting hazards to citizens and police personnel.
  • Bomb Squad - Founded in 1991 as the Tactical Explosives Unit, with the singular role of explosive breaching/entry techniques for the SWAT Team.
  • Canine Unit - Assist in a patrol capacity and can be used for: all felonies in progress; occurrences involving weapons; violent persons; prowlers; area searches and tracking; alarm calls; searches for evidence; building searches and clearing; support for SWAT and tactical operations.
  • Mounted Patrol Unit.
  • Crisis Negotiation Team - Use intervention techniques to defuse situations involving individuals who are suicidal, barricaded , or holding hostages.
  • Fatal Crash Team - Conduct accident investigation and reconstruction.
  • Hit and Run - Investigate accidents involving hit and run and/or leaving the scene.
  • Traffic Safety Unit - Addresses the city's increasing fatality and alcohol-related accident rates.[citation needed]
  • Motor Carrier Safety and Environmental Crimes Unit - Conducts roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles to locate and enforce equipment defects, logbook violations, hauling permit violations, overweight vehicles, and hazardous material violations.
  • Motorcycle Unit - Primarily responsible for reducing traffic-related incidents and deaths within the City of Virginia Beach through aggressive RADAR enforcement.[clarification needed]
  • Aviation Unit / Helicopter Operations - Primary mission is to support police ground units through air patrol, search and rescue, surveillance, crime scene photos, and damage assessments. Its secondary missions are to support other city departments, and support other jurisdictions in the tidewater area.
  • Marine Patrol Unit / Dive Team - Attend meetings of the Port Security, Homeland Security Committees, and the Safe Boating Coalition. Boat Captains present presentations about the unit and boating safety.[1]

Support Services[edit]

The Virginia Beach Police Department’s Support Services Division provides administrative support to the department. The division is made up of the following units: Automated System Support, Budget Office, Central Records Unit, Crime Reporting Unit, Office of Planning & Analysis, Payroll Office, and Logistical Support (Property & Evidence Unit and the Uniform & Supply Unit).[2]

Investigative Division[edit]

The Investigative Division of the Virginia Beach Police Department oversees the Detective Bureau and Special Investigations.[3]

Operations Division[edit]

Includes the following units:

  • Animal Control - The mission of the Virginia Beach Bureau of Animal Control is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of the people and animals in the City.
  • Auxiliary Police
  • First Precinct
  • Second Precinct
  • Third Precinct
  • Fourth Precinct
  • Special Operations
  • The Crime Prevention Unit[4]
  • Community Service Officers

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia Duties
Police Chief
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Chief of Department
Deputy Chief
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Bureau Commander
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Commander of Patrol Districts
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Master Police Officer
Police Officer


  • The Life Saving Medal - Awarded to any sworn or ancillary member of the Department of Police or any other law enforcement agency who distinguishes himself by performing extraordinary physical acts or renders life saving techniques to aid in the preservation of a human life. Only one award can be given for each instance, regardless of the number of lives saved.
  • The Silver Cross Award - Awarded to any sworn or ancillary member of the Department of Police or other law enforcement agency who distinguishes himself themselves by extraordinary bravery not justifying the Medal of Valor award.
  • The Special Commendation Award - Awarded to any member of the Department of Police or any other law enforcement agency for an act or achievement above that which is normally required or expected.
  • The Medal of Merit - Awarded to any sworn or ancillary member of the Department of Police or other law enforcement agency who distinguishes themselves by performing his duties in a manner that clearly exceeds what is normally required or expected or for a highly creditable police accomplishment.
  • The Medal of Valor - Awarded to any sworn or ancillary member of the Department of Police or other law enforcement agency who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry and at the risk of their life. The Medal of Valor is a Maltese cross medallion.
  • The Blue Star Medal - Awarded to any sworn or ancillary member of the Department of Police who has been killed, wounded or injured in the performance of their duties. The Blue Star is similar equivalent to the U.S. Government's Purple Heart.[5]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Virginia Beach Police Department, 8 officers have died in the line of duty.[6]

Officer Date of Death Details
Roger L. McClung December 19, 1968 Drowned
Robert R. Monette December 19, 1968 Drowned
Jimmy Wayne Mobley July 11, 1979 Aircraft accident
William Douglas Black July 11, 1979 Aircraft accident
Daniel T. Maloney December 27, 1981 Gunfire
George Wayne Starr August 31, 1991 Struck by vehicle
Rodney Fredderick Pocceschi June 23, 2003 Gunfire
Michael Smith Phillips August 7, 2008 Gunfire

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