Roanoke Police Department

Roanoke Police Department Increasing Off-Duty Rates

The Roanoke Police Department will be increasing its off-duty officer rate on March 1, 2023.  The off-duty officer rate increase is necessary to overcome a variety of challenges that are currently impacting the ability of the Roanoke Police Department to provide off-duty officers for your businesses and events.   We recognize the importance of you having off-duty officers for security, traffic control, visual presence and crime deterrence.  The decision to increase the off-duty officer rate was made after careful cost and staffing analysis, deliberation, and study of surrounding jurisdictional rates/practices.   

  • The regular off-duty rate of $40.00 per hour was instituted in 2017.  The new increase will bring the cost in line with current pricing according to research by our agency. These increases are proportionate to inflation over the past several years.
  • Vendor requests for officers have significantly increased in the past few years and the number of police officers available or willing to work off duty has not.  
  • Despite our best efforts to have officers to work at the current rate, some events have gone unfilled due to officers not available to work the events.  This shortage has impacted the ability of vendors to operate in their preferred or requested manner.      
  • From a labor law standpoint, officers cannot be required by the Roanoke Police Department to work off-duty at private businesses or events.  With the increased salary incentives for off duty employment, the Police Department hopes to increase availability of officers for those businesses and events needing to employ off duty police officers.
  • Through research, the increased Roanoke Police Department off-duty rate is comparable with the rates charged by other local jurisdictions.     

The new off-duty officer rate (Effective March 1, 2023) will be as follows:

Type of Off-Duty

Old  Base Rate

 New Base Rate

New Rate with FICA





Supervisor Off-Duty




Short Notice Off-Duty




The Roanoke Police Department understands the importance of ensuring the availability of off-duty officers for your business and events and recognizes your economic challenges.  This rate increase is necessary to resolve on-going availability issues and to adjust for inflation.  Please call 540-853-1079 for further assistance.

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

Language Assistance

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.

Asistencia Lingüística

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. 

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
  • 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 2021 Use of Force Analysis here

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

View the 2021 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.