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

Mary Taylor Picture.JPGMary Taylor, VBPD Victim Advocate

Welcome our new Victim Advocate Mary Taylor!

Mary has worked at Samaritan House as a Victim Advocate since 2018 and as Regional Crisis Services Supervisor, leading a team of 10 full and part time employees who staff the agency with 24/7 Crisis intervention services since June of 2020.

She has assisted as LAP coordinator and as a Domestic Violence liaison within the VB Detective Bureau for the last three years.

She has provided Victim Advocacy, Trauma Recovery & Disaster Relief both nationally and internationally over the last 7 years including Virginia Beach, Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria), India (2015), and Trinidad & Tobago (2014).

How can Mary assist you with your cases?

Mary is an advocate for victims of violent crimes. Officers investigate 90% of domestic assaults, but rarely are they connected with our victim advocate. If you have a victim that you believe would benefit from having an advocate, email Mary a copy of your police report asap so she can contact them.

Mary is available for initial contact with victims as soon as on scene (providing the scene has been made safe) or within 24 hours of initial incident to provide the victim assistance with:

Information and moral support, helping the victim understand what officers are asking and why in order to foster a sense of personal safety and promote confidence in officer response.
Transportation and/or accompaniment to medical care and connecting victims with family, friends and/or supportive services as appropriate.
Remaining a point of contact for the victim throughout the investigative and prosecutorial process
Providing understanding and moral support, answering questions, and providing service referrals to meet victim needs as they arise
First steps for crime scene clean-up and funeral arrangements
Filing for reimbursement of case related expenses through Virginia Victims Fund
Accompaniment and possible transportation for court hearings including criminal and Protective Order hearings
• Advocate for client needs and connect with services from the courts to medical and/or mental health as needed

Cell Phone:  (757) 439-9327


Virginia Victims Fund:

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