Roanoke Police Department
Hiring Off-Duty Officers
The Roanoke Police Department streamlined the process for hiring off-duty officers. The new system will use state-of-the-art technology to efficiently provide services with increased visibility, full liability coverage and 24/7 customer service support. This new process went into effect for events that occurr after August 15th, 2021.
If you wish to hire an off-duty officer for an event, please click here.
Please email the department's Payroll Administration if you have any questions about this process.
See Yourself in Blue
The Roanoke Police Department is hiring dedicated and professional individuals who wish to serve and make a difference in the City of Roanoke. If that sounds like you, then please don't hesitate to reach out to a recruiter at the Roanoke Police Training Academy at (540) 853-2649. You can also apply by clicking here.
If you do not speak, read, or write English well, the City will provide an interpreter at no cost to you! This is available for all services and programs the City offers. For language assistance, please call 540-329-3100.
Si usted no habla, lee, o escribe el inglés bien, ¡la Ciudad proporcionará un intérprete sin costo a usted! La interpretación está disponible por todos servicios y programas que ofrece la Ciudad. Para obtener asistencia lingüística, por favor llame a 540-329-3100.
Online Police Reporting
Online Police Reporting is now available for past offenses. IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WILL NOT OCCUR!
*If the offense you want to report occurred in another jurisdiction, please seek assistance in the location where the offense occurred.*
If you are having an emergency and need immediate response, please dial 911 using a phone or touch tone service. Knowingly making a false police report is a crime. By completing this online report, you agree that the information provided is the truth to the best of your knowledge.
Reports that can be filed include:
Use of Force Policy
The Roanoke Police Department’s Operational Directive 2.1.22 provides specific guidelines regarding lethal and less lethal use of force by members of the Roanoke Police Department.
Roanoke Police Department Analyses
The Roanoke Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit conducts a review and analysis of the department’s uses of force from the previous calendar year.
The Roanoke Police Department’s embedded criminologist conducts an annual Biased Based Policing report.
Working Together To Positively Impact Our Neighborhoods
The Roanoke Police Department is proud to be a Certified Crime Prevention Community and is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). We strive to work together with our citizens to make a positive impact on our community.
Experience A Taste Of What It's Like Being A Police Officer
For more information on the Department's Ride-Along Program, or to obtain an application to participate in the program, access our online form (PDF). It's an excellent way to see the challenges our law enforcement officers face in the field everyday.