Chief Al S. Thomas Jr. 


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Non-Emergency Number 434-970-3280


"It is the mission of the Charlottesville Police Department to serve, protect, and improve the quality of life for those who reside, work, and visit in our community."



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The highest moral and ethical standards are the cornerstone of the agency, and all members are expected to adhere to these standards.

  • Our employees are the most important assets of the Department, and only through teamwork, mutual respect, and cooperation can the community be best served.
  • The community it serves determines the role of the police. Through a partnership with the citizens, the Department improves the quality of life through control and reduction of crime.
  • The police and the community share in the responsibility for crime control and public safety.
  • The capability to achieve is determined by the motivation, diversity, and quality of the work force; therefore, we seek to recruit and retain individuals who possess those qualities.
  • The agency must seek to collaborate with neighborhoods to better understand the nature of local problems and to develop meaningful and cooperative strategies to solve these problems.
  • The agency must enhance the skills of all personnel to ensure motivation, creativity, dedication, and professionalism, while creating an atmosphere of job satisfaction, enthusiasm, security, and personal career development.
  • Available resources, both personal and financial, must be expended with maximum efficiency in order to provide optimum service to the citizens of Charlottesville.
  • State-of-the-art technologies and up-to-date training are essential for the maintenance and enhancement of police service delivery to the citizens of the community.

Through the application of these commonly held values, we will achieve excellence in policing in the City of Charlottesville.

Contact the Charlottesville Police Department

Chief A S. Thomas Jr.

Patrol Division Commander: Captain W. Lewis 

Support Services Division Commander: Captain G. Pleasants

Non-Emergency: 434-977-9041
Emergency: 911

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