Portsmouth Police Department

Portsmouth Police Department This is the official page of the Portsmouth (VA) Police Department. For emergencies, dial 911 or (757) 393-5300. Do not post to this page.

The Portsmouth Police Department's page has been established to help us to connect and communicate with the citizens that we serve. We encourage dialog and comments about issues relating to law enforcement and public safety in the City of Portsmouth. However, in order promote a safe, constructive environment we reserve the right to remove harmful or inappropriate comments, links, or content from our social media pages without notice and at our sole discretion. The Portsmouth Police Department will not remove posts without due thought and consideration of the post content. Please be reminded that the content of each page is handled at the discretion of the administrator/registered owner of the page, per Facebook guidelines. This forum is designed to share information and answer questions from the community in an environment of harmony. The Portsmouth Police Department strives to be tolerant; however, inappropriate comments will be deleted. We reserve the right to remove content that contains: Advertisements or content that is commercial in nature; abusive, profane, threatening or disparaging content; content that promotes, advocates or fosters discrimination based on race, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or national origin; content that is sexual in nature; content that implies, promotes or encourages illegal activity; content contrary to the safety or security of the public or employees of the City of Portsmouth; content that is repetitive or off-topic; malicious content that might compromise any person's computer security or links to other pages or sites. Constructive criticism of the Portsmouth Police Department is welcomed. However, criticism of victims will not be tolerated. Personal views that may offend, be misconstrued as inflammatory in nature are best expressed on your own page. We are proud to serve the citizens of the City of Portsmouth and appreciate the same respect and consideration from those joining us here on Facebook. We understand that citizens want to be informed of the many things that go on in the city and we try to answer and acknowledge all questions presented. Thank you for your support and please let us know how we can help you. Please do not leave tips on this page. You can submit anonymous tips to the Crime Line by clicking the tab at the top of the page or the "app" on the left side of our page.

**Please keep in mind that the opinions expressed by visitors to this page do not reflect the opinions of the Portsmouth Police Department.**

Operating as usual

The 2021 hurricane season has begun. We encourage everyone to have an emergency plan in place. Citizens can determine th...
06/01/2021

The 2021 hurricane season has begun. We encourage everyone to have an emergency plan in place. Citizens can determine their risk of wind and water hazards by following this link: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/2020-determine-your-risk. We also encourage everyone to download the FEMA app https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages so you can receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service. Know your risk zone by following this link: https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/ For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane visit the Portsmouth Emergency Management website at https://www.portsmouthva.gov/247/Emergency-Management.

The 2021 hurricane season has begun. We encourage everyone to have an emergency plan in place. Citizens can determine their risk of wind and water hazards by following this link: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/2020-determine-your-risk. We also encourage everyone to download the FEMA app https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages so you can receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service. Know your risk zone by following this link: https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/ For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane visit the Portsmouth Emergency Management website at https://www.portsmouthva.gov/247/Emergency-Management.

You don't want to be remembered as the guy who didn't. BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME, CLICK IT OR TICKET. #clickitorticket
05/28/2021

You don't want to be remembered as the guy who didn't. BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME, CLICK IT OR TICKET. #clickitorticket

You don't want to be remembered as the guy who didn't. BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME, CLICK IT OR TICKET. #clickitorticket

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Property Crimes Unit are attempting to locate 26-year-old Traveia T. Ca...
05/25/2021

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Property Crimes Unit are attempting to locate 26-year-old Traveia T. Carpenter, of Portsmouth. He is wanted for burglary and grand larceny at Americas Best Wings, located at 1507 London Boulevard.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Property Crimes unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠.

05/25/2021

Detectives are trying to identify the man in this video. He robbed an elderly female near the 500 block of Cherokee Road on May 21, 2021. Witnesses described the suspect as an adult male in his 30's or 40's, driving a possible dark grey Kia Soul with a luggage rack on top.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app. As always, Crime Line tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a crime line caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

05/25/2021

Our detectives are attempting to identify the individual who is shooting in this video, as well as the man on the bike. The video is related to a recent homicide.

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, at approximately 3:16 a.m., the Emergency Communication Center received a call about a shooting incident that occurred near the 5000 block of George Washington Highway. Upon arrival officers located 24-year-old Jeffrey Lamont Baysmore Jr., who had a fatal gunshot wound. Baysmore's family was notified of his passing.

There was a second victim, a 29-year-old female, who was located at a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Anyone who has information about this crime is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app or visit their website at www.portscrimeline.com. As always, Crime Line tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a crime line caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Your dog needs you. Your friends and family need you. With one simple click, you can help make sure you're here for them...
05/24/2021

Your dog needs you. Your friends and family need you. With one simple click, you can help make sure you're here for them. BUCKLE UP EVER TIME, CLICK IT OR TICKET. #clickitorticket

Your dog needs you. Your friends and family need you. With one simple click, you can help make sure you're here for them. BUCKLE UP EVER TIME, CLICK IT OR TICKET. #clickitorticket

UPDATE:Both suspects have been identified and charged. Additionally, investigators have looked into several claims from ...
05/18/2021

UPDATE:
Both suspects have been identified and charged. Additionally, investigators have looked into several claims from social media alleging Food Lion employees may have been involved in “setting up” the victim. The investigation concluded that none of the Food Lion employees were involved in any type of conspiracy to commit the robbery against the victim.
-------------------
Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Criminal Investigations Division are investigating a robbery to an individual.
((See comments bellow for video of the incident))
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 7:27 p.m., the Emergency Communication Center received a call for a 60-year-old male victim who was lying in the parking lot of the Food Lion Grocery Store, located in the 2000 block of Victory Blvd, with multiple injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Officers discovered that two unknown males robbed and assaulted the victim (see photos attached). The suspects fled the parking lot on foot in the direction of Victory Boulevard.

Our officers had a ball playing with the Nationals this weekend! Here are some photos from their wiffle ball scrimmage.
05/17/2021

Our officers had a ball playing with the Nationals this weekend! Here are some photos from their wiffle ball scrimmage.

Photos from our National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony. Officers presented a wreath and encased an American Flag ...
05/16/2021

Photos from our National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony. Officers presented a wreath and encased an American Flag at our Headquarters.

Today, Churchland Animal clinic gave our officers gift bags for National Police Week. Each gift bag included a water bot...
05/14/2021

Today, Churchland Animal clinic gave our officers gift bags for National Police Week. Each gift bag included a water bottle, notepad, pens, hand sanitizer, and snacks. Thank you for thinking of our officers! #NationalPoliceWeek #NationalPoliceWeek2021 Churchland Animal Clinic

Today, Churchland Animal clinic gave our officers gift bags for National Police Week. Each gift bag included a water bottle, notepad, pens, hand sanitizer, and snacks. Thank you for thinking of our officers! #NationalPoliceWeek #NationalPoliceWeek2021 Churchland Animal Clinic

This week we remember all those in Law Enforcement who sacrificed their lives to protect and serve their communities. We...
05/09/2021

This week we remember all those in Law Enforcement who sacrificed their lives to protect and serve their communities. We celebrate their memory and will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. To learn more about those fallen officers and deputies who served the citizens of Portsmouth check out the following links:
https://www.odmp.org/agency/3192-portsmouth-police-department-virginia
https://www.odmp.org/agency/5360-portsmouth-sheriffs-office-virginia

This week we remember all those in Law Enforcement who sacrificed their lives to protect and serve their communities. We celebrate their memory and will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. To learn more about those fallen officers and deputies who served the citizens of Portsmouth check out the following links:
https://www.odmp.org/agency/3192-portsmouth-police-department-virginia
https://www.odmp.org/agency/5360-portsmouth-sheriffs-office-virginia

In July of 2020, the Virginia State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit began collecting investigatory stop data followi...
05/07/2021
Virginia Community Policing Act Data Collection

In July of 2020, the Virginia State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit began collecting investigatory stop data following the passage of the Community Policing Data Collection Act. The new law requires Virginia Law Enforcement agencies to record specific data for every vehicle stop to include reasons for the stop, demographic information, and how the stop concluded. We are happy to announce that the public can now access Portsmouth-specific and statewide data here: https://data.virginia.gov/stories/s/rden-cz3h Data is published quarterly and beginning July 1, 2021, the data collected will expand to all investigative stops.

A data collection consisting of all traffic and investigatory stops made in Virginia as aggregated by Virginia Department of State Police. https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title52/chapter6.1/

Today Wawa provided sandwiches to our officers and donated $1,000 to the Special Olympics of Virginia to support the Law...
04/30/2021

Today Wawa provided sandwiches to our officers and donated $1,000 to the Special Olympics of Virginia to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

UPDATE: Rashad Lewis has been located and he is safe.Thank you to everyone who shared our post!_________________________...
04/27/2021

UPDATE:
Rashad Lewis has been located and he is safe.
Thank you to everyone who shared our post!

_________________________________________________________________
DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Rashad Pierre Lewis of Suffolk. Rashad is approximately 5'7'' and 140 pounds. He was last seen near the Walmart located at 1098 Frederick Boulevard on April 15, 2021.

He is known to frequent Portsmouth and Suffolk.
If you have seen 16-year-old Rashad Lewis or know his whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300. You can also submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app. As always, Crime Line tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a crime line caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

UPDATE:
Rashad Lewis has been located and he is safe.
Thank you to everyone who shared our post!

_________________________________________________________________
DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Rashad Pierre Lewis of Suffolk. Rashad is approximately 5'7'' and 140 pounds. He was last seen near the Walmart located at 1098 Frederick Boulevard on April 15, 2021.

He is known to frequent Portsmouth and Suffolk.
If you have seen 16-year-old Rashad Lewis or know his whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300. You can also submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app. As always, Crime Line tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a crime line caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

On April 12, students will begin a hybrid model of in-class and online learning. Buses will be making stops throughout t...
04/08/2021

On April 12, students will begin a hybrid model of in-class and online learning. Buses will be making stops throughout the city to pick up students. Please keep these simple rules in mind during your daily travel.

On April 12, students will begin a hybrid model of in-class and online learning. Buses will be making stops throughout the city to pick up students. Please keep these simple rules in mind during your daily travel.

Stay safe and talk to your family about gun safety today! You can contact the Portsmouth Police Community Enhancement Di...
03/26/2021

Stay safe and talk to your family about gun safety today! You can contact the Portsmouth Police Community Enhancement Division at 757-393-8092 for more information about gun safety.

Stay safe and talk to your family about gun safety today! You can contact the Portsmouth Police Community Enhancement Division at 757-393-8092 for more information about gun safety.

03/01/2021

To kick off March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the seven area police departments in Hampton Roads are launching a social media campaign to raise awareness about colorectal cancer, and the importance of screening and early detection to save lives.

For more information about colorectal cancer and screening recommendations, visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/colon-rectal-cancer or call 1-800-227-2345 to speak to a cancer information specialist.

Sgt. Yunker was excited to celebrate yet another birthday with nine-year-old Charlay Thomas and her family. In 2013, Sgt...
02/23/2021

Sgt. Yunker was excited to celebrate yet another birthday with nine-year-old Charlay Thomas and her family. In 2013, Sgt. Yunker provided Charlay with life-saving CPR. Please join us in wishing Charlay a happy birthday!

Sgt. Yunker was excited to celebrate yet another birthday with nine-year-old Charlay Thomas and her family. In 2013, Sgt. Yunker provided Charlay with life-saving CPR. Please join us in wishing Charlay a happy birthday!

Thank you Cavalier Ford at Chesapeake Square Mall for bringing our officers breakfast from Chick-Fil-A this morning. We ...
02/12/2021

Thank you Cavalier Ford at Chesapeake Square Mall for bringing our officers breakfast from Chick-Fil-A this morning. We appreciated it!!

02/11/2021
Portsmouth Police Top Cop Award 2021 Officer Henderson February 10, 2021

On Wednesday, the Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Lines presented Officer Adrien Henderson with the 2020 Top Cop Award for Portsmouth. Serving the Portsmouth community since June of 2007, this will be Officer Henderson’s sixth award in the last year. Please join us in congratulating Officer Henderson for all his hard work!

Portsmouth Police Top Cop Award 2021 Officer Henderson February 10, 2021

The Bethea Family is offering a $1000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the identification and/or ...
02/02/2021

The Bethea Family is offering a $1000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the identification and/or arrest of the person(s) responsible for the murder of 35-year-old Andre C. Bethea. He was killed on February 16, 2020, in the 800 block of Nottingham Road. Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to please contact the Portsmouth Police Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or contact the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

About 30 minutes to go till we start our State of the Department live stream!
01/29/2021

About 30 minutes to go till we start our State of the Department live stream!

Please join us in congratulating Officer M. Moore. Today the American Legion Post 190 presented her with the Portsmouth ...
01/22/2021

Please join us in congratulating Officer M. Moore.
Today the American Legion Post 190 presented her with the Portsmouth Police Officer of the Year Award! We are so proud of the hard work and passion she demonstrated in 2020. Congratulations on a job well done!

Submit your questions today!The Portsmouth Police Department is hosting a State of the Department Live Stream on Faceboo...
01/19/2021

Submit your questions today!
The Portsmouth Police Department is hosting a State of the Department Live Stream on Facebook. We will discuss the challenges and achievements of 2020 and our goals for 2021. At the end of the live stream, we will be answering questions from Portsmouth citizens. Please send your questions to [email protected] or send us a Facebook message @portsmouthpd. The live stream begins on January 29, 2021, at 11:30 a.m.

Do you recognize this suspect? Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating a ro...
01/13/2021

Do you recognize this suspect?
Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating a robbery at the Dollar General located at 2864 Airline Boulevard.

On Monday, December 21, 2020, at approximately 7:49 p.m., the Emergency Communication Center received a call about an armed black male robbing a local Dollar General. The male threatened store clerks with a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money. The male appears to be about 6’1’’ weighs 200 pounds. Officers obtained security footage of the suspect (see attached) wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black ski mask, black Ecko Sweatpants with a red and white design on both lower pant legs reading “Ecko” and “Unltd” with grey and white sneakers.

Anyone who has information about this crime is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” App.

Check out this article by The New York Times about how leaving your key fob inside your car may increases your risk of b...
01/06/2021
Here’s Why Car Thefts Are Soaring (Hint: Check Your Cup Holder)

Check out this article by The New York Times about how leaving your key fob inside your car may increases your risk of becoming a victim of vehicle theft.

The technology that once made cars nearly impossible to steal has ushered in a new era of joyriding in some cities, thanks to carelessness with key fobs.

Kids Against Gun Violence is working with the Portsmouth Police Department to deliver 42 bags of winter gear to the home...
12/28/2020

Kids Against Gun Violence is working with the Portsmouth Police Department to deliver 42 bags of winter gear to the homeless today. Kids Against Gun Violence already handed out 26 bags of winter gear including blankets, gloves, hats, and toboggans to the homeless on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Portsmouth Police Department Uniform Patrol officers and its Homeless Outreach Team hopes to give away all 42 bags by the end of the night. For more information about Kids Against Gun Violence, send an email to [email protected]

Address


General information

The Portsmouth Police Department's vision is "police and citizens together building a safer community". The Portsmouth Police Department is utilizing Facebook in an effort to better communicate with the citizens we serve, as well as help make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. We will use Facebook to share important news, events, crime prevention tips, crime trends and emergency notifications that are relevant to the City of Portsmouth. We look forward to communicating with each and every one of you on Facebook. Let’s make Portsmouth an even better place to work, live, and raise a family. **Please keep in mind that the opinions expressed by visitors to this page do not reflect the opinions of the Portsmouth Police Department.**

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Portsmouth Police Department posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Portsmouth Police Department:

Videos

Nearby government services