Interim Chief Anthony F. Zucaro, Jr.

​​​​​Chief Anthony (Tony) F. Zucaro, Jr. was appointed as interim Chief of Police by Acting City Manager Tom Leahy on May 1, 2020. He began his career with the Virginia Beach Police Department in May 1979. Chief Zucaro is a native of the Long Island, New York area and is married with two adult children and three grandchildren.

Chief Zucaro has served in a variety of assignments during his tenure, including: Precinct Uniform Patrol, the Detective Bureau and Special Operations. While assigned as an investigator, he managed a variety of cases to include numerous high-profile violent crime investigations and a long-term store front undercover sting operation. While serving as supervisor, he has developed several programs, training videos and has been responsible for a multitude of department initiatives. In recognition of these efforts, Chief Zucaro has received over 150 Letters of Commendation or Appreciation. In addition, Chief Zucaro has been awarded the Department’s Public Service Award for his distinguished service and a Medal of Merit for his leadership in establishing the organization's professional development program. In 1998, he was awarded the Top Cop Award as Police Officer of the Year.

Chief Zucaro holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University. He is also a graduate of the Administrative Officer's Management Program at North Carolina State University, the West Point Leadership Course - Charter Session, Professional Executive Leadership School at University of Richmond, Senior Management Institute for Police, to name a few. 

Chief Zucaro remains active in the community by volunteering in an assortment of functions.

 Welcome: A Message from your Chief of Police

Welcome to the Virginia Beach Police Department’s website. Take a look around and check back often as the information is updated regularly. We hope this site will provide you with a better understanding of the work the men and women of this great organization perform daily. In the spirit of transparency, all department Policies and Field Guides have been posted for your review.


The Police Department employs over 1000 sworn and civilian staff to serve our community of 450,000 year-round residents, in addition to the nearly 19 million visitors who travel to our city annually. The City of Virginia Beach, comprised of 307 square miles of land and 38 miles of beaches, is the 39th largest city in the United States. It has also been ranked as the safest city of its size for several years.


Our department holds its core values in high esteem - with our officers exemplifying them daily. They are expected to demonstrate professionalism and be respectful to all during their daily interactions. Dedication to those we serve encourages us to aim for excellence and perform our duties with integrity in all aspects.  We hold ourselves to the highest professional standards and are committed to these values.


We encourage our citizens to get involved with their neighbors and engage in community policing initiatives with our officers. We view these interactions as opportunities to foster relationships with our residents and civic partners, thus earning the trust of our city’s diverse communities.


For those of you who may be interested in supporting our community as a member of our department, the Recruitment page is a good resource. We are constantly seeking community-minded individuals who desire to serve and protect our citizens. Attracting the most qualified persons who will uphold our values, demonstrate integrity, and exemplify respect in all pursuits is a vital part of our mission.


The most impactful thing citizens of our wonderful city can do is provide us with feedback, both positive and constructive. We value all input and take the concerns of our citizens seriously. To share your observations, please email us at Get to know us better by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


I am grateful for the work we all do to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you.  Together, let’s continue to make the City of Virginia Beach a Community for a Lifetime.



Tony Zucaro

Interim Chief of Police


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