Uniformed Operations consists of Uniformed Patrol and Special Operations personnel. These sections are comprised of uniformed patrol personnel, K-9 personnel, Emergency Medical Technicians, Investigations, the Critical Incident Team, and the Crowd Response Team:
The Division of Capitol Police is comprised of uniformed police officers on three shifts, day shift, evening shift, and the midnight shift. These officers perform their shift functions by means of marked and unmarked vehicle patrol, uniformed bike patrol, and uniformed foot patrol.
The Division of Capitol Police staff various static posts at several state facilities with sworn police and/or security personnel. Sworn personnel provide general assistance, law enforcement services, and security to Virginia's government officials, employees and visitors. Security personnel are utilized to screen visitors, employees, and packages at key security checkpoints as well as providing other support services.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) with the division respond to medical emergencies, provide first aid and CPR training. The division's EMTs are able to provide work place training to community in the following areas:
- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
- First Aid
- Slips, Trips, and Falls safety
- Heart Matters
- Back injury prevention
- Managing stress
The Capitol Police Honor Guard was established in October 1999. This unit is comprised of volunteer officers whose goal is to present a positive, professional and formal ceremonial image of the Division during ceremonial events. These events may include, but are not limited to: parades, posting or presenting colors at formal ceremonies, and representing the Division at the funerals of public safety professionals killed in the line of duty. Requests for Honor Guard services can be made by completing the online form or using the document below and emailing it to the Chief's Office at ChiefsOffice@dcp.virginia.gov.
- Honor Guard Request Form (PDF)
Investigative Services provides the following services for the Division of Capitol Police:
- General criminal investigation
- Crime scene processing
- Mutual Aid to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies
- Criminal Intelligence, Protective Intelligence, and Crime Analysis
- Performs background investigations
The Division of Capitol Police K-9 Unit was established in December 2000. The K-9 Unit is certified through the Virginia Police Work Dog Association. The K-9 Unit is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The K-9 Unit provides the following detection services: Bomb Threat Response, proactive security sweeps, evidence searches, presentations, demonstrations, and assisting Law Enforcement Agencies located in the Metro-Richmond area.
TIP: Don't panic when you see the K-9 Unit is in your building. The K-9 Unit makes routine patrols throughout the Capitol Complex and outlying buildings to ensure the safety of those that it protects. Their presence does not necessarily mean that there is a bomb scare.