Roanoke Police Department

Hiring Off-Duty Officers

The Roanoke Police Department streamlined the process for hiring off-duty officers. The new system will use state-of-the-art technology to efficiently provide services with increased visibility, full liability coverage and 24/7 customer service support. This new process went into effect for events that occurr after August 15th, 2021.

If you wish to hire an off-duty officer for an event, please click here

Please email the department's Payroll Administration if you have any questions about this process.  

​See Yourself in Blue


The Roanoke Police Department is hiring dedicated and professional individuals who wish to serve and make a difference in the City of Roanoke. If that sounds like you, then please don't hesitate to reach out to a recruiter at the Roanoke Police Training Academy at (540)853-2649. You can also apply by clicking here

Online Police Reporting 

Online Police Reporting is now available for past offenses. IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WILL NOT OCCUR!

 *If the offense you want to report occurred in another jurisdiction, please seek assistance in the location where the offense occurred.*

If you are having an emergency and need immediate response, please dial 911 using a phone or touch tone service. Knowingly making a false police report is a crime. By completing this online report, you agree that the information provided is the truth to the best of your knowledge. 

To report an incident, click here. 

Reports that can be filed include:

  • Assault
  • Animal Related
  • Computer Hacking
  • Drug Offense
  • Embezzlement
  • Littering/Dumping
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Juvenile Offense
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Larceny
  • Identity Theft
  • Property Damage
  • Shoplifting
  • Threats/Intimidation
  • Trespassing
  • Tampering with Vehicle

Use of Force Policy

The Roanoke Police Department’s Operational Directive 2.1.22 provides specific guidelines regarding lethal and less lethal use of force by members of the Roanoke Police Department. 

View the Use of Force Policy here

Roanoke Police Department Analyses 

The Roanoke Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit conducts a review and analysis of the department’s uses of force from the previous calendar year. 

View the 2020 Use of Force Analysis here

The Roanoke Police Department’s embedded criminologist conducts an annual Biased Based Policing report.

View the 2018 Biased Based Policing Report here

Working Together To Positively Impact Our Neighborhoods


The Roanoke Police Department is proud to be a Certified Crime Prevention Community and is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  We strive to work together with our citizens to make a positive impact on our community.

Experience A Taste Of What It's Like Being A Police Officer


For more information on the Department's Ride-Along Program, or to obtain an application to participate in the program, access our online form (PDF).  It's an excellent way to see the challenges our law enforcement officers face in the field everyday.