Lynchburg Police Department

Lynchburg Police Department This is the Official page of the Lynchburg Police Department.

The Lynchburg Police Department is a professional, highly progressive organization consisting of approximately 173 sworn officers and 27 civilian support personnel. In 1989, the department became the 124th law enforcement agency in the nation to become accredited.

Mission: The Lynchburg Police Department's mission is to preserve the peace and maintain order in our community by: preventing crime and protecting people and property, investigating criminal activity and apprehending criminals, promoting traffic safety, educating those we serve, working cooperatively to solve neighborhood problems, fostering positive relationships and neighborhood self-sufficiency, and practicing bias-free recruitment, hiring and promotion, while respecting the rights and dignity of all. The vision of the Lynchburg Police Department is to enhance community safety and improve the quality of life in our City by exemplifying our values of Leadership, Professionalism and Dedication through partnerships, creative strategies, and proven policing approaches.

05/09/2020

The Lynchburg Police Department has taken a suspect into custody after a barricade lasting more than three hours.

On May 8, 2020 at 4:50 p.m., officers responded to the 400-block of Hillside Court for a report of a disorderly situation.

When officers arrived, they attempted to speak with the suspect, Joseph Akeem Anderson, 30, of Lynchburg, and he barricaded himself in a residence. Anderson fired multiple shots inside his residence. Members of the Lynchburg Police Department's Tactical Unit and Crisis Negotiations Team responded to assist with taking Anderson into custody. After multiple attempts to speak with Anderson, chemical agents were deployed.

Anderson eventually surrendered and Tactical officers took him into custody on the following charges:

Malicious wounding
Brandishing a firearm
Discharging a firearm in the city limits
Reckless handling of a firearm
Child endangerment
Use of a firearm in commission of a felony
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

05/08/2020
Fraud Friday 5/8/2020

The grandparent scam has been around for years. Scammers pose as panicked grandchild and try to get the victim to react ASAP! The scammers will claim there is an emergency and that they don't want their parents to know. They will pull on your heartstrings and empty your wallet.

If someone calls claiming to be a grandchild or someone else desperate for money:

1. Slow Down and resist the urge to act immediately.
2. Verify the caller's identity.
3. Don't send cash, gift cards, or money transfers.

For more information, visit:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/the-grandparent-scam
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/grandparent-scams-age-coronavirus

#WANTEDWEDNESDAY: Have you seen Tykwon Jamaal Mitchell? He is wanted for two counts of grand larceny of a firearm. Pleas...
05/06/2020

#WANTEDWEDNESDAY: Have you seen Tykwon Jamaal Mitchell? He is wanted for two counts of grand larceny of a firearm. Please call (434) 455-6041 if you have any information on him.

05/05/2020
Hit and Run at Timberlake Kroger

#TRAFFICTUESDAY: Do you recognize the blue Ford F150 in this video? It was involved in a hit and run at the Timberlake Kroger yesterday around 4 p.m. If you have any information, please call the Traffic Safety Unit at (434) 455-6047.

05/01/2020
Fraud Friday with Katie

The Federal Trade Commission has received over 18,000 reports of scams and frauds related to COVID-19 this year. Bad actors are selling fake test kits, protection equipment, and unapproved treatments through telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and even in some places, door-to-door visits. These scammers are also trying to get personal, financial, and medical information to commit fraud, identity theft, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

Be wary of suspicious and unsolicited emails and text messages
Verify links before clicking on them
US Government websites end in .GOV
Hang up on scam calls and telemarketers
Only give our your Medicare/Medicaid number to a trusted health professional

Report COVID-19 crimes to [email protected]

https://www.ice.gov/topics/operation-stolen-promise

Congratulations are in order for several members of the LPD Family who are celebrating milestones for years of service w...
04/30/2020

Congratulations are in order for several members of the LPD Family who are celebrating milestones for years of service with the city! Shelley Biglow, a member of our Records Unit, has served the city for 40 years!! Officer Robert Sacks and Officer Tereika Grooms are each celebrating 5 years of service to Lynchburg. All three bring immense talent and dedication to the LPD as well as the residents and visitors of Lynchburg. We are grateful for their service and look forward to many more wonderful years! 😊

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating an organized retail theft case where CVS is the victim. A...
04/28/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating an organized retail theft case where CVS is the victim. A group of at least two black males and one black female have stolen many items from several CVS stores in the area.

On March 27, 2020, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 2009 Wards Road for a larceny report after a black male came into the store and took an entire shopping cart full of items. The suspect fled on foot with the cart.

On April 20, 2020, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 3100 Old Forest Road for a larceny report after a black female filled a duffel bag with several items and walked out of the store.

On April 24, 2020, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 2259 Langhorne Road for a larceny report after a black male identified from a previous CVS larceny fled the store.

On April 27, 2020, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 3100 Old Forest Road for a larceny report after a black female stole items and left the store.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Officer Closs at (434) 941-9781 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

We are so grateful to the Lynchburg Police Helping Hands Foundation and Pok-E-Joe's BBQ for their donation of a new gril...
04/27/2020

We are so grateful to the Lynchburg Police Helping Hands Foundation and Pok-E-Joe's BBQ for their donation of a new grill to the LPD. Members of our D Platoon put the grill to good use this weekend! 🥩🙌 They want to express their sincere thanks for the donation that will be used frequently by the LPD.

04/26/2020

Today members of the Lynchburg Police Department, Amherst County Sheriff's Office, Bedford County Sheriff's Office VA, Bedford VA Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Forest Volunteer Fire Department, Lynchburg Sheriff's Office, and many retirees and friends took part in a parade to support former LPD Commander 3 Dave Weeks. He is courageously fighting cancer and we want to show him love in this time of social distancing. Thank you to West Lynchburg Baptist Church for organizing this amazing drive through.

04/24/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a malicious wounding that occurred this afternoon.

On April 24, 2020 at 12:52 p.m., officers responded to the 1500-block of Taylor Street for a report of a malicious wounding. One victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The wound is considered non-life-threatening at this time. The LPD is searching for two black males who fled the scene and ran up 16th Street. One suspect was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and the second suspect was wearing a grey or black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Dubie at (434) 455-6102 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

Here are some good guidelines for when you should call 911 about COVID-19.
04/24/2020

Here are some good guidelines for when you should call 911 about COVID-19.

Are you experiencing symptoms, but not sure if you should call 9-1-1? Take a look at this decision-making tree from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) for some help.

We want to give a big THANK YOU to the Lynchburg Police Foundation for providing meals for all LPD employees today. We a...
04/22/2020

We want to give a big THANK YOU to the Lynchburg Police Foundation for providing meals for all LPD employees today. We appreciate their support - it helps keep us going during long days 💙🖤

04/22/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department has taken Garry Lucky Sparks, 26, of Lynchburg into custody in connection with a home invasion and robbery that occurred on April 17, 2020.

Sparks is charged with robbery, breaking and entering, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The LPD is asking anyone who may have information on the second suspect in this incident to call the police department.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Bond at (434) 455-6161 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter an anonymous tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

04/21/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a malicious wounding that occurred this evening.

On April 20, 2020 at 5:57 p.m., officers responded to the 2100-block of Fort Avenue for a report of a malicious wounding. One victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The wound is considered non-life-threatening at this time. The LPD is searching for suspects.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Duncan at (434) 455-6178 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

04/20/2020
Amazement Square

Looking for something fun to do? Check out the video below with Officer Ramirez for some instructions on making your own play-dough!

It's Try-it Tuesday at Amazement Square and we had a special visitor drop by to hang out with us, Officer Ramirez from the Lynchburg Police Department. We had such a great time making play-dough with her and are so fortunate to work and live in such an amazing and supportive community! If you see Officer Ramirez out on patrol, be sure to wave and tell her she's Amazement Square famous!

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating and searching for suspects after a home invasion and robb...
04/18/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating and searching for suspects after a home invasion and robbery tonight.

On April 17, 2020 at 10:04 p.m., officers responded to the 100-block of Countryplace Lane for a report of a home invasion and robbery. Two armed black males entered a residence, assaulted the resident, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fled the scene in a light colored sedan.

The first suspect has been identified as Garry Lucky Sparks, 26, of Lynchburg. He is charged with robbery, breaking and entering, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The LPD is still trying to locate Sparks, who is 6'0" and 205 lbs.

The second male is still unknown at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Bond at (434) 485-6161 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter an anonymous tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

#FraudFriday Scammers do not stop just because there is an international pandemic. They adapt to every crisis, including...
04/17/2020

#FraudFriday Scammers do not stop just because there is an international pandemic. They adapt to every crisis, including COVID-19. Scammers are impersonating medical officials by claiming to offer free home testing kits, fake cures, and bogus health insurance. They have also been impersonating real and made up government officials and organizations. FEMA, the World Health Organization, the IRS, and the Social Security Administration are not calling citizens for information or to provide “relief” or stimulus checks. The only thing these scammers are relieving is citizens of their money and identity.

Many of you have received stimulus checks this week. According to the IRS, these Economic Impact Payments are automatic for most taxpayers and no further action is needed by those who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 as well as most seniors and retirees. If someone is calling you requesting your bank account or identity information to deposit your check, do not provide that information over the phone. Verify the caller. If you have questions or concerns, call the LPD at (434) 455-6041.

Below are several helpful links with information.

https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams

https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

https://home.treasury.gov/services/report-fraud-waste-and-abuse/covid-19-scams

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams

https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus

https://www.who.int/about/communications/cyber-security

This week is National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week! Here in Lynchburg, we are extremely lucky to have an in...
04/17/2020

This week is National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week! Here in Lynchburg, we are extremely lucky to have an incredible team of Animal Control Officers who dedicate their days to protecting our four-legged friends in the city. From re-homing a mama duck and her eggs to reuniting pups with their owners and rescuing baby opossums, they do it all! Thank you Chief Animal Warden Ball and Animal Control Officers Marks, Craft, and Zych. Show them some (socially-distanced) love today if you see them out and about 🥰🐱🐰🐥🐕

04/17/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department has taken a suspect into custody after a barricade lasting more than seven hours.

On April 16, 2020 at 10:56 p.m., officers responded to the 00-block of Jackson Street for a report of an assault.

When officers arrived, they attempted to speak with the suspect, Shawn Calloway, 50, of Lynchburg, and he barricaded himself in a residence. Members of the Lynchburg Police Department's Tactical Unit and Crisis Negotiations Team responded to assist with taking Calloway into custody. After multiple attempts to speak with Calloway, chemical agents were deployed.

Tactical Unit officers eventually took Calloway into custody on the following charges:

Domestic assault and battery
Strangulation
Abduction

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

04/16/2020
Chief Ryan Zuidema Reads Goodnight Lynchburg

Over the past several weeks, our community has settled into a different routine to combat this COVID-19 pandemic. We know many of you are home with your children serving as caregivers, teachers, friends, and more. Our officers have been reading books to help provide entertainment during these days, some of which may be long. Today's reader is Chief Ryan Zuidema, who shares "Goodnight Lynchburg," a wonderful book that explores our great city. It was written by Lynchburg Police Foundation President Rick Loving. Enjoy and let us know who you want to hear from next! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0zqReX5fNc&t=5s

Are you missing your class ring? A good Samaritan turned in a Middleborough High School class ring that they found on Ri...
04/16/2020

Are you missing your class ring? A good Samaritan turned in a Middleborough High School class ring that they found on Rivermont Avenue. If this could be your ring, please call (434) 455-6065 to identify it. We would love to reunite it with its owner!

We are excited to congratulate Lt. Craig Dowdy on his (virtual) graduation from the Administrative Officers Management P...
04/15/2020

We are excited to congratulate Lt. Craig Dowdy on his (virtual) graduation from the Administrative Officers Management Program last week! Lt. Dowdy served as the president of his class, which met for 12 weeks. He took a deep dive into the best management practices for law enforcement agencies to continue advancing best practices at your Lynchburg Police Department. We are so proud of his hard work and dedication, and we are very happy to have him back at the LPD. We are very grateful to the Lynchburg Police Foundation for providing the funding for this school. The Police Foundation is an organization that supports the LPD with opportunities like long-term schooling, Officer of the Quarter, and the yearly police awards. Their support strengthens our organization, and we appreciate their continued assistance.

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is searching for a suspect after an armed robbery that occurred at the Kwi...
04/14/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is searching for a suspect after an armed robbery that occurred at the Kwik Stop this afternoon.

On April 14, 2020 at 3:44 p.m., officers responded to 1905 Old Forest Road for a report of an armed robbery. A male armed with a handgun entered the store and obtained an undisclosed amount of money from the business. The suspect is between 6'4" and 6'5" and was wearing a camouflaged bandanna covering his face, a black hooded sweatshirt, and black track pants. The gender of the suspect is unconfirmed at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Campbell at (434) 485-7267 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter an anonymous tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a fraud that occurred at the Memorial Avenue Food Lion la...
04/14/2020

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a fraud that occurred at the Memorial Avenue Food Lion last month.

On March 27, 2020, a cashier was defrauded by three suspects who arrived at the store at 2909 Memorial Avenue in a red Ford Fusion with no tags displayed. All three suspects exited the vehicle and came into the store separately. The primary suspect is a 5'10" black male in his 50-60s who wore a hat, blue jeans, and a grey button up shirt. Another suspect is a black male in his 50-60s who wore a hat, grey long sleeve collared shirt, and blue jeans. The final suspect is a black male in his 20s who wore a hat, black jeans, white t-shirt, and a gold chain.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Lynchburg Police Department at (434) 455-6041 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter an anonymous tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

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We are located in downtown Lynchburg at the top of historic Monument Terrace on Court Street. Public transportation is available via the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company. (GLTC) http://www.gltconline.com/

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Leadership, Professionalism, Dedication

We build community by protecting and serving the public with honor, courage, and fairness for all.

The purpose of our mission statement is to communicate the essence of what we do. The mission statement guides the actions our organization takes to meet our overall goal. A mission statement should be short, simple, and easy to understand.

21st Century law enforcement has to be balanced in order to be effective. The Lynchburg Police Department’s policing model of building community is poised on the two pillars of Protection and Service. We must maintain a balance in order to effectively accomplish our stated goal.

Protecting: The community must feel safe. Our neighbors demand that we protect them and their property from crime. The residents of Lynchburg want to live work and play in a safe environment. They want to raise their children in a wholesome atmosphere. In order to effectively protect the community we need to be direct and proactive in our approach. We must apply evidence based policing practices that make use of Intelligence Led Policing, focusing on prolific criminal offenders and removing them from our streets.

Serving: The community must not feel that its police department is an occupying army. It must trust and believe that the actions of their police are legitimate and unbiased. The community wants to have a voice in the way they are policed. In order to effectively serve the LPD must vigorously conduct positive citizen engagement; we must look for ways to build bridges of understanding and trust in all our communities. We must be perceived as being fair and impartial, engaged in constitutional policing practices. You are the community’s champions, respected and trusted because of your honor, courage, and fairness.

NEVER BETRAY THE SACRED TRUST


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I want to take a minute to give Praise!! A shout out to the BEST Law enforcement Lynchburg PD and Campbell County for recovering my stolen call in less than 24 hours from when it was taken !!! Great work Hendricks and Miller from Lynchburg PD and Sheriff Long from Campbell County 🌺
Among us, sent down from heaven, Are those that walk a Thin Blue Line, that's a given. Like Guardian Angels to watch over me and you, Are those that wear the uniform of blue. We see them only as traffic stops, We do not call them friends, just cops. We pray we never have a chance meeting, We never pass along a greeting. But they are so much more than this, They simply do not see the world as bliss. But they look into the corners of our deepest fears, They walk the beat, they wipe a tear. They bring a message to our home, When all is not well, and you are alone. They come to us, no matter the need, Handle the problem, complete the deed. They lay their personal feelings aside, They do their job, they have great pride. And if one should fall, among life's things. The badge they wear, turns into wing Prayers for all the officers for good health and God keep you safe !
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. YOU ALL ARE A BLESSING. MAY GOD KEEP YOU ALL SAFE AND HEALTHY. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Attended the quarterly Neighborhood Watch Meeting at the public library. Good information on the body cameras that LPD use. Thanks for the hard work.
Thank you for all you do. Here’s an interesting take on helping solve problems with drug use.
What makes people think they can break in and just steal what they want?
I keep seeing these huge car-haulers stopped in the center turn lane on Forest Road in front of car dealerships. Have seen them at times unloading cars IN THE CENTER TURN LANE!? Is this really legal?? Really seems dangerous, not to mention inconvenient. One was stopped today at 5:00 pm. As if 5:00 traffic isn't bad enough...SMH
Stay safe and thank you!
I hope some of you got donuts I brought by this Morning, I'm going up to Apple Orchard in Bedford next week I need to get you Guys some Apples too keep you healthy and on the move, but those donuts were fresh off truck and hard to turn down. Ya'll Please stay safe out there it seems like people are getting more and more crazy.
Does this page include the lynchburg detectives?
Always expect the unexpected, be suspicious of everything, don't trust anyone or anything, STAY SAFE.