The Culpeper Police Department is a nationally accredited, full service law enforcement agency composed of forty-two (42) sworn police officers, ten (10) reserve and auxiliary officers, and nine civilian employees.  Through joint agreements with Culpeper County Government and the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, the Department utilizes the services of the E-911 Communications Center for all emergency communications and dispatch services.  The Department is a member of the Central Shenandoah Regional Criminal Justice Academy, which provides the Department with police officer recruit training and a majority of the Department’s in-service retraining courses.


The Culpeper Police Department utilizes a wide variety of state-of-the-art crime prevention, investigative, and traffic management equipment such as in-car DVD cameras, laser speed detection equipment, computerized parking citations and a sophisticated traffic measurement and analysis system.  The Department operates a fleet of police vehicles that includes three motorcycles and a number of specialty vehicles.

The Department continues to emphasize leadership and problem solving skills and has created an excellent training program in support of these initiatives.  Among the agency’s staff are two graduates of the F.B.I. National Academy, three graduates of the Virginia Forensics Academy, four graduates of the PoliceExecutive Leadership School (University of Richmond) and five graduates of the Institute for Leadership in Changing Times (Virginia Tech.).

The Department has an active crime prevention and community resource officer program and supports a wide variety of community service and educational functions including; TRIAD, Neighborhood Watch, Healthy Culpeper, Certified Child Safety-Seat Inspections, as well as sponsoring the community’s Law Enforcement Explorer Scout Program.  Culpeper currently has nine active Neighborhood Watch groups.  The Department provides staff assistance, logistical support, traffic management, crowd control and security services in support of an ever-increasing number of community festivals and special events.  During the past year the Department won statewide recognition for its HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) and its traffic safety programs.  In addition, the Department has been active in Department of Homeland Security initiatives, in helping develop the County’s Emergency Operations Plan, and in critical infrastructure protection drills.


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