General Orders are the Police Department’s policies governing most aspects of our day-to-day operations and actions. Our General Orders are the culmination of laws, legal decisions, best practices, and community input. They serve as a daily guide for our employees and are one of the many ways of ensuring we maintain a professional workforce and act in a way that is consistent with training and Virginia law enforcement accreditation standards.
In late 2017, Chief John Piper established a policy review workgroup, comprised of officers and civilian personnel from within the department. They have been tasked to thoroughly examine each of our General Orders, ensuring that each policy reflects best practices and is reflective of the highest levels of professionalism our community expects from its Police Department.
Please visit this page often to see additional General Orders, which will be posted here as each policy undergoes a comprehensive review and is approved by the Command Staff of the Police Department and the Chief of Police.