Community Resource Unit (CRU)
The Martinsville Police Department is a Community Oriented Department. Every employee, sworn or civilian strives to deliver the highest level of customer service to our citizens. Every employee has been trained in community policing operations, every officer is cross trained in property maintenance inspection and bicycle patrol tactics. Each patrol officer has adopted a neighborhood and serves as a Neighborhood Resource Officer for that area. The CRU functions in a guidance and support role for the department's overall community policing activities.
Neighbors looking out for one another and engaging with police officers through neighborhood watch programs can help prevent crime. We currently have a total of forty watch groups. These groups serve as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement. The groups are citizen driven, but Senior Police Officer Coretha Gravely assist the residents in establishing groups and arranging speakers for meetings.
The full time bike unit is comprised of two sergeants. The sergeants are certified through the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) and all of our officers are trained in basic police bike operations. The sergeants perform and coordinate the daily bike patrols throughout the city.
Every year, our department participates in many programs such as Relay for Life, Special Olympics, National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, and Christmas Cheer. We also join Henry County and Martinsville City Sheriffs Offices on events such as the Special Olympics Torch Run, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.), and other community events.