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Mission: The Portsmouth Police Department is dedicated to the protection and security of everyone living, working and traveling through the City of Portsmouth. In partnership with our community and businesses, our goal is to provide quality public safety services while affording dignity and respect to every individual.

Operating as usual

The Portsmouth Police Department Training Division had another successful Citizens' Academy this year with over 20 gradu...
11/10/2020

The Portsmouth Police Department Training Division had another successful Citizens' Academy this year with over 20 graduates! Congratulations to all those who participated and made this academy a great success!

Detectives with the Fugitives Apprehension Unit are still looking for 27-year-old Jevon M. Scott. He’s wanted for second...
11/06/2020

Detectives with the Fugitives Apprehension Unit are still looking for 27-year-old Jevon M. Scott. He’s wanted for second-degree murder, for the death of 48-year-old Dornell Chavous of Chesapeake. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Portsmouth Major Crime Unit Detectives are asking for your help solving the homicide of a 17-year-old young lady who was...
10/30/2020

Portsmouth Major Crime Unit Detectives are asking for your help solving the homicide of a 17-year-old young lady who was shot as she was walking to the store one afternoon in August.
If you have any information about this crime please contact us at (757)393-8536 or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Detectives are attempting to locate Richard Banks. He is considered a person of interest in the October 15, 2020, Homici...
10/29/2020

Detectives are attempting to locate Richard Banks. He is considered a person of interest in the October 15, 2020, Homicide on Woodstock Street. Detectives need to speak with him. If you have any information on Bank's whereabouts please contact the Major Crimes Unit at (757)393-8536

The Portsmouth Police Department will begin a new recruitment campaign on November 2, 2020. The campaign will include a ...
10/26/2020

The Portsmouth Police Department will begin a new recruitment campaign on November 2, 2020. The campaign will include a sign-on bonus once recruits are sworn-in as an officer. City employees may be eligible for up to $1000 for their recruitment efforts. Portsmouth civilians could also receive $500 for their part in recommending new officers.
For more information on how to get involved check out the photos below.

Congratulations to Officer A. Henderson on a job well done! Officer Henderson received the 2019 Portsmouth Rotary Office...
10/15/2020

Congratulations to Officer A. Henderson on a job well done!
Officer Henderson received the 2019 Portsmouth Rotary Officer of the Year Award, the 2019 American Legion Post #190 Officer of the Year Award, and the 2019 Portsmouth Police Department Officer of the Year Award in 2020. Officer Henderson also received an Everyday Hero Community Award from Bible World Church for his work in the Portsmouth Community.

Say hello to our newest officers! These five officers of Basic Law Enforcement Class 20-A were sworn-in yesterday mornin...
10/14/2020

Say hello to our newest officers! These five officers of Basic Law Enforcement Class 20-A were sworn-in yesterday morning and will now begin the next phase of their journey to become certified law enforcement officers. Please join us in welcoming them to the City of Portsmouth.

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.) awareness month. S.I.D.S. is a topic that touches the lives of thousa...
10/13/2020

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.) awareness month.
S.I.D.S. is a topic that touches the lives of thousands of families each year. As such, the Portsmouth Police Department wanted to share a few tips with the community to not only educate, but to help reduce the risk of another family having to experience S.I.D.S. or another sleep-related infant death. Learn more about the #SafeSleep campaign here: https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/

Two of our sergeants, detectives, and eight officers are now certified ATF G.R.E.A.T. Instructors!They attended the trai...
10/06/2020

Two of our sergeants, detectives, and eight officers are now certified ATF G.R.E.A.T. Instructors!
They attended the training program last week with officers from around the county.
For more information on the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, visit their website at https://www.great-online.org/.

The Postal Inspection Service put out a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in yesterday's Airline B...
09/30/2020

The Postal Inspection Service put out a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in yesterday's Airline Boulevard incident (check out the photo for details.)

Our Investigators are asking the public for any camera or video footage they may have from Alexanders Corner to Rodman Avenue, between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Yesterday. You can send us any evidence you wish to provide at: https://portsmouthpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/airlineblvd

Please contact the lead investigator if you have any information about this case at 757.714.2057 or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP to leave an anonymous tip.

09/25/2020
Here are some photos from our last day of Kid Patrol with the PPD! Attendees got to watch a K9 demonstration on obedienc...
08/27/2020

Here are some photos from our last day of Kid Patrol with the PPD! Attendees got to watch a K9 demonstration on obedience and searching. They also got to see the Public Safety Command bus, SWAT Truck, police mountain bikes, and our Traffic Unit Motors. We would also like to thank the Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for coming out to help us teach the attendees more about all the first responders in our great city. #PPDKidPatrol

Today’s award ceremony honors the department’s volunteers who served in various programs throughout our department in 20...
08/21/2020

Today’s award ceremony honors the department’s volunteers who served in various programs throughout our department in 2019, such as our Police Auxiliary Unit, Chaplain’s Unit, Safety Town Volunteers and ALERRT volunteers.

Today at 5 p.m. we will be honoring all the great work that our volunteer staff did in 2019. Including members of our Po...
08/20/2020

Today at 5 p.m. we will be honoring all the great work that our volunteer staff did in 2019. Including members of our Police Auxiliary Unit, Service to Law Enforcement recipients, Chaplain's Unit, Safety Town Volunteers, and ALERRT volunteers. Their service to the Portsmouth Police Department is greatly appreciated. We love our volunteers and look forward to more people joining our Volunteer Staff in the future.

Photos of the award ceremony will be posted on this page later this evening. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities within the Portsmouth Police Department, please email our Public Information Office at [email protected]

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2020DETECTIVES ARREST SEVERAL MEMBERS OF LOCAL STREET GANGPORTSMOUTH, Va. – Through a jo...
07/24/2020

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2020

DETECTIVES ARREST SEVERAL MEMBERS OF LOCAL STREET GANG

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Through a joint effort, detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes, Special Investigations, Fugitive Apprehension, Gang Intelligence, Property Crimes, and Street Crimes Units arrested several members of a street gang during their search for a man wanted in connection with a street robbery and several other crimes.

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Portsmouth Police Department disseminated information to the public requesting information on the whereabouts of 18-year-old Bobby Petty, Jr of Portsmouth. Petty had active warrants for a street robbery that occurred earlier that same day in the 2900 block of Ambler Avenue.

As a result of their diligent efforts over the last week, Petty and several other gang members were located and arrested on numerous felony charges. In addition to these arrests, four illegal firearms were recovered. The individuals arrested are as follows:

18-year-old Bobby Petty, Jr. of Portsmouth: Petty has been charged with robbery (x3), use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (x2), aggravated malicious wounding, and obstruction of justice (x5).

18-year-old Zion D. Riddick of Portsmouth: Riddick has been charged with receiving stolen goods (felony).

19-year-old Ricardo L. Spencer III of Chesapeake: Spencer has been charged with concealed weapon 2nd offense (felony).

19-year-old Antoine J. Headen Jr. of Norfolk: Headen has been charged with Grand Larceny and possession of a concealed weapon.

19-year-old Dashawn D. Ferguson of Portsmouth: Ferguson has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana (felony).

21-year-old Daiquan K. Ervin of Chesapeake: Ervin has been charged with grand larceny of a firearm.

Announcing the Portsmouth Police Department's first-ever Kid Patrol. This summer event will take place on three differen...
07/17/2020

Announcing the Portsmouth Police Department's first-ever Kid Patrol. This summer event will take place on three different days during the remainder fo the summer.

On July 30th children will learn more about our Mounted Patrol Unit as officers and their trusted patrol horses will be in attendance. Participants will also get to make paintings that we will hang at Police Headquarters.

On August 12th children will learn more about our K9 Unit Officers and their trusted canine partners as they make friendship bracelets for themselves and one of our patrol officers.

Finally, on August 27th the Portsmouth Fire Department will join us as the children will learn more about emergency vehicles used their Portsmouth Public Safety agencies.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kid-patrol-with-ppd-tickets-113819258466

Masks are required for all events and you have to register to attend.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be keeping attendance to a maximum of 20 children.

This event is a first come first serve event and we ask that you let us know the age of each child attending.

Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to participate.

Two adults are allowed per family unit, please purchase one ticket for every child in your family that plans to attend. We are only allowing 20 children to participate per day to ensure safe distancing.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email us at [email protected].

07/17/2020
PORTSMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT SHARES UPDATED 2020 CRIME STATISTICS

The Portsmouth Police Department is sharing updated crime statistics after a story aired which may have misled our citizens to believe violent crime is up in our city. Since we are still unable to meet in person for our bi-monthly Chief's Forum due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt it was important to make a short video explaining the current crime statistics for the City of Portsmouth and for the Southside Gardens community.

We are also sharing information in reference to our new Community Advisory Committee. As we continue to accept applications for this committee it is our hope that many more of our citizens will consider serving on this committee and submit an application before the deadline of August 1, 2020. Below is a link to the application for this committee.
https://www.powerdms.com/public/PPD9/tree/documents/2062970
(click under the Public Information Center to access the policy which contains the application)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2020DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN STREET ROBBERYPORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the...
07/17/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2020

DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN STREET ROBBERY

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are searching for a man who is wanted in connection with a street robbery. On Thursday, July 16, 2020, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call requesting police assistance to the 2900 block of Ambler Avenue for a robbery to an individual. When officers arrived, they located the victim who indicated that he was robbed at gunpoint. The victim was not injured during the incident.

As a result of their investigation, detectives have secured warrants for robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony against 18-year-old Bobby Petty Jr. of Portsmouth. Petty also has active warrants for obstruction of justice, which are unrelated to this case. Petty stands 5’9”- 5’11” tall and weighs 140-160 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. Petty should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Bobby Petty Jr’s whereabouts is urged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠. Tipsters can also submit their anonymous tips through the “P3 Tips” app, which they can download for free from the Google Play and App Store or they can submit their tip at the Portsmouth Crime Line website at www.portsmouthcrimeline.com. As always, Crime Line tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a tipster’s information leads to an arrest in this case, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

When more information becomes available, an update will follow.

Please see our 21st Century Policing Update below:
07/06/2020

Please see our 21st Century Policing Update below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2020Portsmouth Police Department Seeking Applicants for New Community Advisory Committee ...
07/01/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2020

Portsmouth Police Department Seeking Applicants for New Community Advisory Committee

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Portsmouth Police Department (PPD) is looking for a diverse group of civic-minded individuals to join its new Community Advisory Committee.

Applicants will be expected to review PPD policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to community issues. This committee will be committed to having candid and open discussions regarding police trends, be a link of communication between the PPD and the local community, and advocate for PPD policies, programs, and citizen-police interactions.

Applicants must either rent or own a home in Portsmouth or own and/or operate a business within city limits. Those seeking a position must be at least 18 years old. We are encouraging civic, community, and faith-based leaders to apply as well as media and business representatives. Members of the Committee will initially serve either a one year or a two-year term.

Applications must be turned in to the Office of the Chief of Police, located at 206 High Street Portsmouth, VA 23704 or emailed to [email protected]

The cut off for application submission is August 1, 2020.

For more information please call 757.393.8257 or check out the link below:

https://www.powerdms.com/public/PPD9/tree/documents/2057060

Thank you so much to the Wawa in Portsmouth that provided 50 sandwiches to our officers this afternoon! It was greatly a...
07/01/2020

Thank you so much to the Wawa in Portsmouth that provided 50 sandwiches to our officers this afternoon! It was greatly appreciated! #HoagieDay

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06/26/2020

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06/09/2020

Prayer and Conversation for Action hosted by Portsmouth Community Leaders...an open dialogue with the Portsmouth Police Department

Earlier this evening, Chief Greene along with Mayor John Rowe, Councilman Shannon Glover, Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas,...
06/08/2020

Earlier this evening, Chief Greene along with Mayor John Rowe, Councilman Shannon Glover, Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas, Councilman Nathan Clark and several faith leaders across the City of Portsmouth gathered together at our LOVE sculpture alongside citizens in an effort to unify our community and pray for comfort for our nation who is hurting after the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Earlier this evening, Chief Greene along with Mayor John Rowe, Councilman Shannon Glover, Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas, Councilman Nathan Clark and several faith leaders across the City of Portsmouth gathered together at our LOVE sculpture alongside citizens in an effort to unify our community and pray for comfort for our nation who is hurting after the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Today, Police Chief Angela Greene marched alongside Adriana and several other citizens through Olde Towne Portsmouth.  T...
06/07/2020

Today, Police Chief Angela Greene marched alongside Adriana and several other citizens through Olde Towne Portsmouth. This solidarity march was put together by Adriana, a 4th grader, whose primary goal was to bring awareness to racial injustice. Adriana invited Chief Greene and many others to accompany her as she marched from the Children's Museum of Virginia via High Street to Crawford Street and then to City Hall. At City Hall, all marchers stopped allowing Adriana and a few others to speak before they continued their march down Bart Street to Court Street and then making their way back to the Children's Museum of Virginia down High Street.

Today, Police Chief Angela Greene marched alongside Adriana and several other citizens through Olde Towne Portsmouth. This solidarity march was put together by Adriana, a 4th grader, whose primary goal was to bring awareness to racial injustice. Adriana invited Chief Greene and many others to accompany her as she marched from the Children's Museum of Virginia via High Street to Crawford Street and then to City Hall. At City Hall, all marchers stopped allowing Adriana and a few others to speak before they continued their march down Bart Street to Court Street and then making their way back to the Children's Museum of Virginia down High Street.

Police Chief Angela Greene and several other members of the Portsmouth Police Department will be attending the "Prayer a...
06/06/2020

Police Chief Angela Greene and several other members of the Portsmouth Police Department will be attending the "Prayer and Conversation for Action" event hosted by several City of Portsmouth Community Leaders. If you would like to attend, please send a registration request to the email address on the flyer. If you cannot attend, please feel free to join us as we stream the event live on our department page on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

POLICE CHIEF SHARES MESSAGE WITH MEMBERS OF HER DEPARTMENT AFTER MINNESOTA INCIDENTPortsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene...
05/29/2020

POLICE CHIEF SHARES MESSAGE WITH MEMBERS OF HER DEPARTMENT AFTER MINNESOTA INCIDENT

Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene shared a very candid email with every member of her department in the wake of the numerous protests going on in Minnesota and across the country after the avoidable in-custody death of George Floyd.

To all esteemed members of the Portsmouth Police Department,

In light of the tragic event that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has sparked civil unrest in that area and protests throughout the nation, I feel it is incumbent upon me to remind us all of some important facts.

To put on the uniform and display your badge is an honor that holds tremendous responsibility, courage and sacrifice. Every time you don that Portsmouth Police Department uniform and display your badge, every action you take is a representation of yourself, your family, the City of Portsmouth and ALL law enforcement nationwide. Because of this, the inappropriate action of any individual police officer(s) tarnishes the credibility and trust of all police officers.

Therefore, I need you all to remember our main duty of being a police officer – the preservation of life!

All of our training and departmental polices are guiding principles for the most important role of our chosen profession – protect and preserve life!

The profession of law enforcement we chose has become increasingly more challenging and under intense scrutiny. Which is why I need everyone to take this time of reflection to honor the enormous accountability and trust the community holds for you as a law enforcement officer. Never take that for granted; and strive every day to provide every citizen you come into contact with, the utmost professionalism, dignity and respect.

Furthermore, now is the time for us as a strong family of blue to increase our personal communication, relationship and bond with each other. Everyone is a leader and has the duty and responsibility to step up, step in and take action when they witness injustice or any impropriety while we are in the performance of our duties. I expect all of my officers to hold each other accountable for their actions and if they observe inappropriate behavior to address same immediately in order to minimize possible and/or irrevocable disrepute for the individual officer and our department.

In furtherance, I met with our phenomenal Training Division Team yesterday who are quickly preparing roll call training and amending our current In-Service program to reinforce our policies and expectations of our police officers. Lieutenant Smaglo anticipates having the roll call training posted to PowerDMS within a few days, and we will discuss this matter as well as other pertinent issues more in-depth during In-Service training.

In the meantime, I need every supervisor to take this time and have a candid training/discussion moment with their unit to emphasize our core values, duties and responsibilities to uphold the U.S. Constitution, Laws of Virginia, as well as the Oath of Honor we swore on that memorable day when you became a Portsmouth Police Officer:

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community's and the agency I serve.

As always, remain safe, take care of yourself and each other!

May GOD continue to protect you all as he holds you in his Grace and Mercy!

Angela M. Greene
Chief of Police
City of Portsmouth Police Department

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Portsmouth, VA
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