Department History

The Thin Blue Line

The legacy of a Police Department resides in the people, and not in the buildings or the cars. Our history was built by loyal and dedicated servants who established honor, integrity and service as the cornerstones for the future. Today's officers are charged to carry on this legacy. We are thankful for those who have served, those who now serve and those who will serve in the future. This is the thin blue line of Roanoke - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Preserving Our History

This collection of photographs and information depict a brief summary and collective of the history of the Roanoke Police Department. It is in no way designed to be a complete representation of all historical events of the agency. The purpose of this collection is to preserve periods of history for further research and additions.