Detective Bureau

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In service to the victims of crime, the Virginia Beach Police Department Detective Bureau exists to assertively and objectively investigate crimes while honoring established legal principles, properly document these investigations, and present the findings for judicial review.

Meet the Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau.

 Domestic Violence

Domestic FLYER.jpgThe Virginia Beach Police Department Domestic Violence Unit investigates referrals from Child Protective Services and Adult Domestic.jpgProtective Services for abuse and neglect allegations. The unit is also available to uniform patrol officers for consultations on 3rd offense domestic assaults and strangulations without significant injury. The unit will investigate felony domestic assaults with significant injuries and consult with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office for prosecution. The unit also partners with private organizations to offer assistance to victims of domestic violence.

 Economic Crimes Unit

​The Economic Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating identity theftembezzlement, felony worthless checks, felony fraud, forgery, perjury, felony flim-flam, and counterfeit US currency and checks. If you feel you are victim of any of these crimes, we request you click on the attached pamphlets that describe the steps you need to take to report the crime and protect yourself against any future crimes.

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Economic Crimes Unit Pamphlet
ECU Helpful Info Pamphlet

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Forensic Services Unit

The Forensic Services Unit is under the command of the Detective Bureau and is comprised of the crime scene investigation section and the fingerprint section. For more information about FSU, click the link below:



Homicide.jpgThe Homicide Unit is responsible for investigating all homicides, felony assaults, abductions and all death investigations that fall within the purview of the Medical Examiner. Medical Examiner cases include suicides, accidental deaths, unexplained or unexpected deaths and deaths which occur while the decedent is in a prison, jail or police custody. 
The Homicide Unit also consists of a Cold Case Homicide Unit.​

 Missing Persons

missing.jpgThe Virginia Beach Police Department Missing Persons Unit works to provide a timely response, after being notified, in DOMESTIC 2.jpginvestigating calls involving a missing child or adult, runaway, abandonned child, abducted child, or unidentified at-risk persons. The unit also assists in providing for the health, safety and welfare of tehse individuals. The unit partners with organization that provide search and rescue operations for active missing personsand works with the Community Engagement Unit to provide assistance in registering at-risk citizensin the project LifeSaver Program. The unit also investigates complaints of parental abductions and assists citizens with court custody orders.

 Pawn Unit

Responsibilities of the Virginia Beach Pawn Unit are to enforce the local and state laws regulating pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers, precious metals dealers, scrap metal processors and junk dealers. The Pawn Unit serves as the contact between prospective business owners seeking to create new businesses of this type, and oversees the required permit application process requiring to operate in this field. In addition, the Pawn Unit facilitates the identification of suspects who commit crimes involving the sale/pawn of stolen property by collecting and making daily transaction records from local shops and dealers throughout the City of Virginia Beach, and it assists police investigators in the timely recovery of stolen property received by local shops and dealers.​

 Precinct Crime Units

Precinct Crime Units are responsible for the investigation of Burglary, Larceny/Receiving Stolen Property, Pick Pocketing, Purse Snatching, Telephone Offenses, Destruction of Property, Hit and Run, Simple Assault, Habitual Shoplifting Offenders, Misdemeanor Economic Crimes, Motor Vehicle Thefts, Threats Including Verbal, and Written, Trespass, Throwing Objects at Moving Vehicles, Weapons Violations, Impersonating a Police Officer, Tampering with Auto and Fugitives involving the above offenses.  PCU4.jpgPCU4 2.jpg 

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First Precinct PCU Sergeant - (757) 385-4942

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Second Precinct PCU Sergeant - (757) 385-2761

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Third Precinct PCU Sergeant - (757) 385-2744

4th PCU Logo.pngFourth Precinct PCU Sergeant - (757) 385-2824


​Responsible for investigating all robbery offenses within the city of Virginia Beach. These cases include bank robbery, robbery of a business, carjacking, home invasion robberies and all extortion cases. Being part of the Violent Crimes Section of the Detective Bureau, Robbery Detectives are routinely called upon to assist on major criminal investigations to include malicious assaults, abductions, homicides, and sexual based offenses. The Robbery Squad conducts Financial Crime Awareness Training exclusively for financial institution employees.  Contact them at (757) 385-4101 for more information.

 Special Victims

Responsible for investigating sexually assaults against children and adults which took place within Virginia Beach. 

In the Tidewater Area, we have a victim advocacy organization of volunteers who are available to respond to assist victims of sexual assault with counseling and support services. Response Sexual Assault Support Services of the YWCA, 500 East Plume Street, Suite 700, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 622-4300 (, is the leading sexual assault victim support service in Tidewater.
The YWCA Crisis Hotline is available for any victim of sexual assault at (757) 251-0144 regardless of whether the assault was reported to the Police.

Once a matter has been reported to the police, a victim can get additional emotional support from the Victim Witness Advocate for the Virginia Beach Police Department at (757) 385-8721. They can also assist in helping the victim file for financial compensation as a result of the crime.

The Virginia Beach Department of Social Services has a twenty four hour hotline to report suspected child abuse by calling (757) 437-3400. If you have concerns about children in other jurisdictions,​​ you can find the reporting number by contacting The Child Abuse Reporting Website.

The Virginia Sexual Assault Hotline is (804) 793-9999 and available for victims of sexual assault.

The Special Victims Unit detectives also count on the professionals at the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters' Child Abuse Program to assist in the collection of physical evidence of sexual assault or abuse of children. Additionally, a variety of services are offered to help victims and their families through the healing process.​

 Victim Witness Advocate

Victim Advocate/is a resource for helping a victim or victim’s family receive services, financial (for personal injury), counseling, support groups, etc.


Meet the Advocate: Jennifer Messick

 With VBPD 8 years

 24 Years in Victim Services

 Credentialed through the National Organization as a Comprehensive Advocate since 2004

 Credentialed through the National Organization as a Crisis Responder since 2009

 Received Certification as a Grief and Loss Counselor in 2016

Virginia Victims Fund:

 Warrant & Fugitive Unit

Warrant.jpg​The mission of Warrant and Fugitive Unit is to assertively and objectively pursue the sevice of criminal warrants through investigative efforts.

Their primary focus is the safe and effctive apprehension of violent criminal offenders wanted for a variety of serious crimes. They are also responsible for additional criminal paperwork service such as misdemeanor warrants, probation violations, court indictments, capiaes and civil mental custody orders. 

Active warrants are available on ePRO.​

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