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City of Martinsville
55 W. Church St.,
Martinsville, VA 24114

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Police Divisions


Administration Patrol Records Criminal Investigations

Special Investigations Community Policing




The administrative staff of the Martinsville Police Department consists of the Chief of Police, the chief executive officer of the agency, supported by one Major (second in command, assistant chief of police) and two Division Captains (Criminal and Patrol). The agency Administrative Assistant works in the office of the Chief of Police. All agency activities are authorized and controlled through the direction of the agency administrative staff.


Patrol Division

Martinsville's patrol officers use mobile data terminals to communicate and to perform searches and investigations.The Patrol Division is the largest division in the Martinsville Police Department. The backbone and most visible element of the department, Patrol represents the first line of communication and response between the department and citizens. The unit provides direct services in answering calls for service and enforcing local, state and federal laws.

The unit is comprised of four patrol shifts. Each shift is commanded by a Lieutenant, a Sergeant  and six officers. The shifts operate on a twelve-hour schedule rotation, from 7 a.m.  to 7 p.m. Continuous coverage is provided to the citizens of Martinsville to include: Criminal and Vice Offenses, Selective/Routine Patrol, Calls for Service, Parking Enforcement, and Community Policing Activities.

The agency has one sworn animal control officer who works the day shift and supports enforcement operations with the patrol units.



The automation of the records department leads to fast filing of paperwork and faster processing of criminal complains.The Records Unit of the Martinsville Police Department is considered to  be the central nervous system of the agency. The unit is responsible for the maintenance and filing of agency criminal records, warrant/wanted persons checks, daily activity reports, traffic records data, criminal history records, evidence/property maintenance, and state and national records inquiries, and Uniform Crime Reporting. The unit is fully automated and computerized.

Two Lieutenants (Evidence/Property Control Lieutenant and a Criminal Records &  Administrative Lieutenant), Investigations Secretary, and four clerks staff the unit.


Criminal Investigations

A Lieutenant and six investigators staff the Criminal Investigations Division. The Criminal Investigations secretary provides support services. This unit is responsible for the investigation of major crimes to include: Homicide, Larceny/Theft, Robbery, Motor Vehicle Theft, and major crimes of violence. The unit works in close support with other agency units.


Special Investigations

The Special Investigations/Vice Unit is responsible for the investigation of drug related and other vice activities in the City of Martinsville. The unit also conducts special operations with other federal, state, and local agencies through supplementary and Special Task Force operations. One Lieutenant and two investigators staff the unit.


Community Oriented Policing

The Community Oriented Policing Unit is involved in a wide range of programs that are geared toward fostering better agency/community relationships in addition to providing support to other agency units through the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws. Activities include: Neighborhood Watch, Citizens/Teen Academies, SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Working Together), Special Olympics Torch Run/School Activities, and an Annual Bicycle Rodeo.

The unit also conducts home and business security surveys, presentations at civic activities, community gatherings, police department tours, crime prevention efforts, and supervision of the department Explorer Post.

The COP Unit conducts its activities through neighborhood patrol. The unit is staffed by a sergeant and three officers, including two school resource officers.

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