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
- Alfred S. Thomas Jr, Chief of Police
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
The City Council created the mall ambassador program at the end of 2012 as a way to provide more "eyes on the street" to deter crime on the Downtown Mall and to be a resource for tourists. The program was eliminated from the budget and it ended on June 30, 2016. 
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.  
- "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. 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.