Chesapeake Police Departments InformationThe Chesapeake Police Departments is the law enforcement agency in the city of Chesapeake that is an independent city in the state of Virginia.
About the Chesapeake Police Department
The City of Chesapeake Police Department has its jurisdiction over a total area of 338.51 square miles in a city that has a population of 242,634. Chesapeake is the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Chesapeake Police Department is headed by the Chief of Police. The present head of the department is Colonel K L Wright. The department works under the City Council.
The Chesapeake Police Department Address is:
304 Albemarle Drive,
Chesapeake, VA 23222
The phone number to contact the department is (757) 382 6161. In case of an emergency, residents can call 911 for immediate assistance. The fax number of the department is (757) 382 6821.
The Chesapeake Police Department Email address is CPDQuestions@CityofChesapeake.gov
The Chesapeake Police Department’s website is http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/city-departments/departments/police-department.htm
Chesapeake Police Department Organization
The police department is headed by the Chief of Police, who is assisted by the Deputy Chief of Police. The department is organized into three bureaus. They are:
· Operations Bureau that has the SWAT team, Marine Patrol unit, Crime prevention unit, and public information unit. The objective of the bureau is to partner with citizens to prevent crime and improve the quality of life in the city.
· Investigation Bureau has the Criminal Investigation Section, the Vice and Narcotics Section, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Gang Unit, and Crime Line, coordinator. The bureau is responsible for an investigation into all crimes.
· The Support Bureau provides administrative support to the entire department. It has a central records unit, fleet unit, communication unit, ethics and conducts unit and the Law enforcement training academy.
For operational purpose, the city is divided into five precincts. Other specific units that work under the respective bureaus are:
- 911 emergency communication unit
- Crime analysis unit
- K9 unit
- Forensics unit
- Traffic enforcement unit
- Underwater search and recovery team
- Motorcycle unit
- Photography unit
- Economic crime unit
- Special victims unit
Joining the Chesapeake Police Department
Any US citizen above 21 years of age with a GED/high school diploma and a driving license is eligible to apply to join the department. Convictions, drug abuse, and certain other offenses would bar a person’s application from being considered. The starting salary for selected officer attending training at the academy is $42,008. For details about the application and selection process, visit https://www.jobs.cityofchesapeake.net/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=260398
Crimes can be reported by calling the department or visiting the station where documents need to be submitted. For an emergency, one must always dial 911. It is possible to submit tips to the department on drug cases, abuses, and other crimes. These tips can be submitted anonymously by filling the form on https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=1034#
Online reporting of crimes is also possible. One can submit an incident report online by visiting https://secure.coplogic.com/dors/startreport/184317400/en The crimes for which online reporting is permitted are:
- Harassment phone calls
- Bad checks
- Complaint on dogs
- Credit card theft
- Lost property
- Damaged property
- Obscene phone calls
- Thefts valued under $500
- Tampering with vehicles
The department has various programs where they work with the community to create awareness on crimes, help in crime prevention, and ensure a safe city. The following programs are offered by the department:
· Citizen’s police academy to train the public on police operations.
· Citizen’s Advisory Group, to collect feedback and opinion of citizens on law enforcement and to identify improvement areas.
· Missing children program to help track missing children and build preventive mechanisms
· CUSTODY program to effectively make use of surveillance crimes to prevent crimes in the city.