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Portsmouth Police Department

Who We Are

City of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia. Portsmouth has a population of approximately 96,000 residents spread over approximately 30 square miles in a largely urban environment similar to its neighboring cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk. Founded in 1752, Portsmouth has played a significant role in the shaping of American history, largely due to the strong military presence based at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, both of which are located within the city.

Portsmouth Police Department

The Portsmouth Police Department (PPD) has an authorized personnel strength of 259. PPD is the primary law enforcement authority within the City of Portsmouth. PPD maintains a mutual aid pact with neighboring jurisdictions and fosters a progressive working relationship with several additional law enforcement agencies working within its jurisdiction; these agencies include:

  • Department of Defense Police
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Portsmouth Fire Marshal's Office
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • United States Navy Police
  • VA Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Marine Police
  • Virginia State Police Portsmouth Sheriff's Office

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