Information on COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution for public health, the City of Roanoke is urging residents and visitors to educate themselves regarding Coronavirus COVID-19. The City of Roanoke is working closely with our neighboring jurisdictions, the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local partners and local health officials to compile the most accurate and up-to-date information. A website has been established at www.roanokeva.gov/coronavirus. There you can find links to the most up-to-date information regarding the virus.
Although cases of the Coronavirus in Virginia have gone up, we have not seen community transmission of the virus. That is why we are taking this time to plan and mitigate to decrease the chances of further spreading the virus.

REMINDER: Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patients have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath (symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.) If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms or are having an emergency, please call 9-1-1 and answer all questions as prompted.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
The City will provide updates as they become available via social media and online at www.roanokeva.gov/coronavirus.
For specific questions, email: communityengagement@roanokeva.gov

​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

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. 

To report an incident, click here. 

Reports that can be filed include:

  • Assault
  • Animal Related
  • Computer Hacking
  • Drug Offense
  • Embezzlement
  • Littering/Dumping
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Juvenile Offense
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Identity Theft
  • Larceny
  • Identity Theft
  • Property Damage
  • Shoplifting
  • Threats/Intimidation
  • Trespassing
  • Tampering with Vehicle

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. 

View the Use of Force Policy here

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. 

View the 2020 Use of Force Analysis here

The Roanoke Police Department’s embedded criminologist conducts an annual Biased Based Policing report.

View the 2018 Biased Based Policing Report here

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.