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Non-Emergency Number: 434-970-3280
Emergency: 911 

 
For questions or concerns requiring the direct and immediate attention of the Chief of Police, please contact:
Chief Al S. Thomas Jr.
Chief of Police
(434) 970-3289
 

Major Gary M. Pleasants
Deputy Chief of Police
(434) 970-3975

 

For questions or concerns regarding the Patrol Bureau, SWAT Team, K-9 Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Crisis Negotiation Team, and Telephone-Reporting Unit, please contact:
 
Captain Victor G. Mitchell  
Field Operations Division Commander
(434) 970-3960

»The Patrol Bureau provides 24-hour police patrol and its responsibilities include crime-prevention, problem-solving, regulation of traffic and investigation of accidents, enforcement of parking ordinances, investigation of crimes, and preparation of reports. It also provides a variety of non-criminal services to the public. 

»The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is a highly trained, highly skilled response team whose mission is to act as a resource in the handling of critical incidents such as hostage situations, barricaded and armed subjects, dignitary protection, riots and civil disturbances, high risk arrests, and surveillance operations.

»The K-9 Unit consists of two officers and two canines whose special duties include the tracking of suspects and the recovery of secreted evidence such as narcotics and explosives. 

»The Crime Prevention Unit embodies the philosophy of community policing by promoting partnerships within the community and using problem-oriented policing strategies in a proactive approach to address both crime and quality-of-life issues.

»The Crisis Negotiation Team is a highly trained, highly skilled police negotiation team whose mission is to respond and act as a resource in the handling of critical incidents such as hostage situations, barricaded and armed subjects, and suicidal persons.

»The Telephone-Reporting Unit is devoted to serving citizens who wish to formally report a crime incident over the phone without, or prior to, making contact with police in person.

For questions or concerns regarding the the General Investigations Bureau or the J.A.D.E. Task Force, please contact:

Captain Wendy M. Lewis
Criminal Investigations Division Commander 
(434) 970-3368

»The General Investigations Bureau's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, investigating major crimes, preparing and presenting cases to the Commonwealth's Attorney for prosecution, recovering, identifying, and arranging the return of recovered stolen property, and formally interviewing criminal suspects and witnesses.

»The Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (J.A.D.E.) Task Force is dedicated to proactively identifying and dismantling major narcotics operations and incarcerating violent offenders and career criminals. It is their goal to make the public safer by reducing violent, narco-trafficking crime in the community. 

 

Captain David W. Shifflett, Jr. 
Support Services Division Commander
(434) 970-3618

 

»The Support Services Division includes the Administrative Services Bureau as well as the Community Support Bureau. The Community Support Bureau serves as a bridge between the Police Department and citizens by promoting community-policing initiatives and providing School Resource Officers to city schools. 

For questions or concerns regarding the Traffic Unit, please contact:

Sergeant Josh Manzano
Traffic Unit Supervisor
(434) 970-3294

» The Traffic Unit provides specialized support in the areas of traffic enforcement, traffic control, and accident investigation. Further responsibilities include investigation of fatal traffic accidents, conducting follow-ups for hit-and-run investigations, reviewing accident reports, maintaining traffic accident statistics, conducting selective enforcement activities, developing traffic safety programs, acting as a liaison with city traffic engineers, traffic direction, resolving citizen complaints concerning traffic problems, providing traffic control for special events, parking enforcement, animal control, and school crossing safety.