Charlottesville Police Department
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"The Department's mission is to provide the citizens of the City of Charlottesville with a modern and professional police department which will protect life and property; preserve law and order; enforce criminal, traffic, and regulatory laws; and, provide essential public safety services to our community."
Divisions and Units
- Support Services Division
- Investigations Bureau
- Forensics Unit
- Neighborhood Services Bureau
- School Resource Officer Unit
- Traffic Unit|Traffic Unit
- Crime Prevention Unit
- Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force
- Investigations Bureau
- Field Operations Division
- Patrol Bureau
- Crisis Negotiation Team
- Administrative Services Bureau
- Crime Analysis Unit
- Staff Development and Accreditation Unit
- Internal Affairs Unit
- Information and Management Services
- Technical Investigative Support Unit
- RaShall M. Brackney, Chief of Police
Previous Chief of Police appointments
- Alfred S. Thomas Jr, 2016 to 2018
- Timothy A. Longo, 2001 to 2016
- Maurice F. Greaver 1926 to 1953 (appointed November 5, 1926); succeeded Lindsay Leafe
- Lindsay Leafe
- A. L. Henderson (1919)
- Thomas A. Trice (1914)
The Charlottesville Police Department has several key strategic goals as depicted in the 2009 Strategic Plan:
- Reduction of Open Air Drug Activity and Drug/Gun Related Violence
- Reduce Participation in Street Level Gangs and mitigate the level of violence and criminal behavior associated with gang activity
- Helping to sustain safe and healthy neighborhoods through collaborations, engagement and problem solving
- Creating positive opportunities for our youth while reducing the likelihood of youth related crime and violence
- Strengthening public trust
- To provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external customers, and to enhance our ability to measure customer service
- Create and sustain a healthy police department
- To recruit and retain the very best candidate that we are capable of identifying
- To develop stronger management and leadership opportunities for the entire organization
- To develop a stronger infrastructure of supporting resources within the department
In the news
In 2010, the police department began charging $150 for escorting funeral processions.
Mall Ambassador program
Originally created at the end of 2012 by the Charlottesville City Council (2012-2013) as a way to provide more "eyes on the street" to deter crime on the Downtown Mall and to be a resource for tourists. On March 7, 2016, the Charlottesville City Council (2016-2017) eliminated the program from the budget and it ended on June 30, 2016. Over a three-year period, the city planned to hire 22 new officers to provide more law enforcement coverage.
Since 2008, the police have been overseen by a Police Citizen’s Advisory Panel. However, the effectiveness of this board has been called into question. Council discussed a new independent panel on November 20, 2017.   Look at the Civilian Review Board page for more information.
- "Charlottesville Police Department Organizational Chart." Chart. Charlottesville Police Department. Charlottesville Police Department, 21 July 2009. Web. 20 Oct. 2009. <http://www.charlottesville.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=12253>.
- Charlottesville Police Department Strategic Planning Document. Rep. Charlottesville Police Department, 3 Mar. 2009. Web. 20 Oct. 2009. <http://www.charlottesville.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=12916>.
- Strong, Ted. "City Police Start Charging for Funeral Procession Escorts | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 30 Aug. 2010. Web. 30 Aug. 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2010/aug/29/city-police-start-charging-funeral-procession-esco-ar-478716/>.
- Web. Mall ambassador program cut in proposed city budget, Lauren Berg, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 7, 2016, retrieved December 31, 2016.
- Web. Timeline: Major Downtown Mall developments, Staff reports, News Article, The Daily Progress, retrieved September 19, 2020.
- Web. City Council considers creation of an independent police citizen’s review board, Geremia Di Maro, News Article, Cavalier Daily, Charlottesville, Virginia, November 25, 2017, retrieved November 26, 2017.
- Web. Council moves forward with police review board, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 23, 2017, retrieved November 26, 2017.
- Web. Charlottesville police-court building has mold, leaks, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 18, 2019, retrieved November 20, 2019. Print. November 18, 2019 page A1.
- CITIZEN STUDY PACKET NO. 1 PROPOSED MERGER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AND ALBEMARLE COUNTY|https://www.jmrl.org/ebooks/Citizen%20Study%20Packet%20No.%201.PDF%7Cwww.jmrl.org›ebooks