The Patrol Division, also referred to as Uniform Patrol, provides the community with around the clock professional police service and crime prevention. Patrol is the backbone of our department. Patrol officer enforce traffic laws, city ordinances, investigate traffic accidents as well as criminal incidents and provide information, service and assistance to all citizens. When citizens call for help, these officers are the first to respond, risking their lives to keep our citizens safe around the clock, seven days a week.
Neighborhood Resource Officers (NRO)
The Martinsville Police Department subscribes to a department wide community policing philosophy. One community policing program that has shown great success is our NRO program. The entire city was separated into individual neighborhoods. Each patrol officer is assigned to a different neighborhood. The officers set out to have a personal connection with their neighborhood. The officers go door to door to meet with the residents and listen to their concerns. The officers will then use their resources and often their cross-training in property maintenance inspections to solve such issues as blight, vandalisms, vehicle speeding, illegal drug distribution, and assisting elderly residents. In the imediate future the NROs will be conducting citizen satisfaction surveys of every resident to assist with the stratigic planning of the city.
Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Reconstruction Investigation
Our officers focus on traffic safety though enforcement, high visibility and education. Our department routinely conducts traffic checking details emphasizing DUI enforcement and occupant safety. Our officers are responsible for investigating traffic crashes that occur within the city limits. We have several officers trained in advanced accident reconstruction and have a volunteer specialized team who investigate serious motor vehicle crashes involving fatalities, serious injury or significant property damage.
In 2015, we added two new canine teams. The teams completed a thirteen week basic canine training school. Upon completion of the school both teams were certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association and the Virginia Police Work Dog Association. Our teams continue to regularly train each week. The teams have been utilized numerous times for criminal apprehensions, narcotics detection, tracking suspects, assisting the US Marshals Service, foot patrols, demonstrations for the public and helping form a regional training group.
The Honor Guard is a volunteer unit that was created to honor the men and women that have served in the law enforcement community. The team's ceremonial participation includes formal ceremonies, parades, memorial services, funerals, sporting events and joint functions with other jurisdictions.