Highly trained officers are responsible for specialized traffic enforcement, maintaining and deploying rapid response teams for handling unusual occurrences and conducting dedicated law enforcement actions. In order to accomplish these responsibilities, members contribute with a number of various tactical units.
Aviation Unit - Helicopter Operations
The Aviation Unit provides police aviation resources 7 days a week from 7 a.m. - 3 a.m. The unit also provides assistance in dignitary transports, air medical rescues and Project Lifesaver support as needed. Standard operating procedure includes a flight crew consisting of a pilot/co-pilot or a pilot and Tactical Flight Officer.
The primary responsibility of the Bomb Squad is to provide safe resolution to situations involving suspicious items or known improvised explosive devices (IED's). The evaluation of suspicious packages or bomb threats and the render safe of improvised explosive devices are conducted with the goal of limiting hazards and minimizing exposure to citizens and emergency response personnel. With the high concentration of military in the area, unexploded military ordnance (UXO) is also frequently addressed.
Canine (K9) Unit
The canine unit performs its duties with twenty-four hour coverage. Each canine team is certified in patrol work and several are cross-trained in explosive detection. The patrol canines are all males and are European imported shepherds and malinois. We do not accept donated dogs for use in the unit. All Virginia Beach Police canines are certified by and meet the standards of the Virginia Police Work Dog Association and the North American Police Work Dog Association. Members of the department's canine unit attend conferences and enter competitions yearly. They have been recognized many times for their performance in the field and in competition by the Virginia Police Work Dog Association.
Crisis Negotiation Team
The Crisis Negotiation Team uses proven intervention techniques to defuse situations involving suicidal or barricaded individuals or those persons who may hold hostages. All members of the team have been trained in negotiations and are available twenty-four hours a day. The team works with SWAT when responding to all situations.
Fatal Crash Team
The Fatal Crash Team (FACT) is highly trained in crash investigation and crash reconstruction. The team is available 24 hours a day to respond to all crashes involving: deaths, critical injuries, police vehicles where injuries occur, and any motor vehicle crash of a complex nature where their specialized training and expertise would be beneficial. Officers assigned to this team are involved in the planning and implementation of the Police Department's annual Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference
which provides DUI training to over 350 law enforcement professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Hit and Run
The Hit and Run Unit is responsible for the investigation of all hit and run cases that have leads to investigate, as reported by precinct personnel. Hit and Run Detectives respond to the scene of fatal or severe crashes when the crash involves a vehicle leaving the scene of the crash.
Marine Patrol Unit/Dive Team
The Marine Patrol Unit's resources and capabilities are dedicated to enforcing local and state maritime laws, rendering assistance in emergency and distress situations, providing security on the waterways, and maintaining the safest possible boating environment.
The Marine Patrol Unit should be notified of any water related incidents. We also ask for any information involving unusual activities in water front areas, including suspicious persons or boats and all violations on the waterways. You can reach the Virginia Beach Marine Patrol by the following methods:
- Marine VHF Radios - All Marine Patrol vessels monitor Marine VHF Channel 16. To reach us directly, hail the Virginia Beach Police.
- You can also call (757) 385-5000 for non-emergency and 911 in an emergency.
Motor Carrier Safety and Environmental Crimes Unit
The Motor Carrier Safety Unit conducts roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles to locate and enforce equipment defects, logbook violations, hauling permit violations, overweight vehicles, and hazardous material violations. This unit responses to Environmental issues and hazardous materials incidents as part of the city's Environmental Crimes Task Force.
The Motorcycle Unit responds to traffic related calls-for-service, traffic crashes, disabled vehicles, funeral escorts, traffic light outages, and assists precinct units as needed. The motorcycle unit also participates in all parades within the city, marathons and other races, and dignitary protection escorts.
The Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol Officers have the same responsibilities as other police officers on patrol while employing a very distinctive tool. The horse is a very effective crowd control instrument because it not only provides the public reassurance by the vastly evident police presence, but it also provides the officer with the capacity to see into a crowd and, if necessary, safely move in and around the crowd. The Mounted Patrol has proven to be an effective form of police presence and has supplemented the patrol efforts in areas that are difficult to access by traditional patrol methods.
Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is responsible for the resolution of situations requiring other than normal police actions, tactics, or equipment. The demonstrated goal of the unit is to resolve situations while limiting hazards to citizens and police personnel. The team's activities include, but are not limited to, the following missions: drug raids, high risk warrant service, barricaded suspects, hostage situations, armed stakeout, dignitary protection, tactical operations, crowd control duties, and any other specialized operation the team may be called upon to handle.
Traffic Safety Unit
The mission of the Traffic Safety Unit is to increase traffic safety in Virginia Beach through various ways such as aggressive enforcement and traffic safety initiatives. Realizing that enforcement alone will not reduce the incidents of DUI’s and alcohol related crashes, these officers regularly provide training to local schools, military commands, and community groups on the consequences of drinking and driving. Some members of the Traffic Safety Unit are child safety seat technicians and help to educate parents on how to properly install child safety seats to best protect their children.