The Charlottesville Police Department is divided into three divisions; Field Operations, Support Operations, and Criminal Investigations (click to view our Organizational Chart). It has seven patrol districts with more than 100 sworn officers who patrol the entire city. The department serves a daytime population of approximately 100,000 people; including 46,000 city residents, 30,000 commuters, and 22,000 University of Virginia students.
Since 2000, the Charlottesville Police Department has been a fully-accredited agency by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Accreditation is a voluntary program whereby an agency demonstrates compliance with best practice standards as determined by the accrediting body.
Accreditation symbolizes the department’s dedicated commitment to professionalism and excellence in the delivery of services to the community in all aspects of public safety by:
- Maintaining comprehensive policies and procedures;
- Enhancing service delivery;
- Strengthening agency accountability and community relationships; and
- Establishing fair and non-discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices.
The Mission of the Charlottesville Police Department is to improve the quality of life of citizens living, working or visiting the city.
Chief Michael P. Kochis was appointed Chief of Police of the Charlottesville Police Department on January 16, 2023.
For questions or concerns requiring the direct and immediate attention of the Chief of Police, please contact us.
Learn about the divisions that operate in the Police Department.
Find information about the different special units that are part of the Police Department.
Charlottesville Police Officers protect the people and property of Charlottesville by regularly patrolling assigned areas within the city in police vehicles, bicycles, and on foot.