The Warrant and Booking Division is comprised of the Booking and Processing Unit, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and the Fleet Vehicle Coordinator. The Division is commanded by a Lieutenant.
- The Booking and Processing Unit personnel are assigned to the Portsmouth Courts Complex and Police Headquarters. The Officers assigned to the Court Complex are responsible for state and federal mandated processing of defendants who are convicted on cases in which they were released on a summons or defendants that need to be processed after a conviction in court. Officers assigned to Headquarters are tasked with booking and processing of arrestees and inmates incarcerated at the Portsmouth City Jail (PCJ) and the Hampton Roads Regional Jail (HRRJ), they also fingerprint concealed weapons applicants and new hires to the Department, and they also serve walk-in wanted persons turning themselves in at Police Headquarters, and they also serve warrants on inmates housed at PCJ or HRRJ. These services free up Patrol officers from many of these tasks, thereby increasing the “on the street” time of Patrol officers. The Unit is supervised by a Sergeant and is staffed by five sworn officers.
- The Fugitive Apprehension Unit investigates, locates, and apprehends wanted persons both within and outside the City of Portsmouth, who have outstanding Portsmouth warrants. The Unit primarily focuses on wanted violent fugitives and wanted sex offenders. The Unit is also responsible for extraditing Portsmouth fugitives arrested in other states. Additionally, the Unit compiles and maintains a “Top Ten Most Wanted” list, plans and coordinates warrant sweeps – both internally to the Department and also with other jurisdictions in Hampton Roads, has a Detective deputized by the US Marshal’s Service who serves as a task force officer to the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend fugitives outside of the Commonwealth, and attempts secondary service of emergency and preliminary protective orders within the City, and primary service of protective orders outside the City. The Unit is supervised by a Sergeant.
- The Fleet Vehicle Coordinator is responsible for the issuance, maintenance, modification, and deployment of the Department’s fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The Vehicle Coordinator is also responsible for the procurement, issuance, and maintenance of the Department’s fixed and portable radios. The Coordinator also acts as a liaison between the Department and the City Fleet Vehicle Manager and their staff, working to identify, procure, maintain, and deploy vehicle and vehicle equipment. The Fleet Vehicle Coordinator is a civilian employee who reports to the Division Commander.