Professional Standards Bureau
Captain Scott Burke is the commander of the Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) Bureau. He began his public safety career 1990 with the volunteer rescue squads of Virginia Beach, serving as an extrication technician, instructor, paramedic field training officer, duty field commander, and in assorted squad leadership roles. In 1996, he joined the City of Portsmouth Fire Department as a paramedic and shortly thereafter became a tactical medic in support of the Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team. Transitioning to the police department in 1998, Captain Burke worked in patrol, the Police Records Unit, served as a field evidence technician and as the Taxi-Wrecker/Public Vehicles Enforcement Officer, and continues to be a police instructor. As a supervisor, Captain Burke has commanded patrol squads, the Police Training Unit, the Criminal Investigations Division. As a captain, he commanded the Planning & Administrative Bureau, leading the Training Division, Administrative Services Division, Logistics Division, Support Services Division, and the 911 PSAP. Other operational specialties include NIMS/Incident Management, OSHA regulations, blood borne pathogens, mental health crisis intervention, hostage negotiation, and open-source intelligence and data-sharing.
A member of the Technology Committee since its creation, Captain Burke has been an integral part of the department’s evolution, from the deployment of mobile computers in patrol cars and as a trainer and administrator for the Records Management System. Captain Burke aggressively pursues new innovations and drafted the successful grant application for the PARMIS license plate reader project in 2009.
Captain Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the 245th Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Virginia Crime Clinic, and the FBI National Academy Alumni Association. He currently holds a position on the IACP Communication & Technology Committee, representing the interests of local law enforcement on the national and international level on NG911, FirstNet, and interoperability standards. Captain Burke serves on the criminal justice curriculum advisory boards for ECPI University, Tidewater Community College, and Centura College.
Special Operations Bureau
Captain Thomas Bozeman began his law enforcement career in 1997 at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail and joined the Portsmouth Police Department in December of 1998. He currently serves as the Commander of the Special Operations Bureau. During his career in Portsmouth, Captain Bozeman served in Uniform Patrol as both a Patrol Officer and a Field Training Officer and in the Strategic Traffic Unit. As Captain Bozeman rose through the ranks he supervised numerous units and divisions to include Uniform Patrol, Special Events and Homeland Security, Animal Control, Security and the Professional Standards Unit. Captain Bozeman is also a graduate of the Command Officer Management Program (Session 14) from Saint Leo University.
Planning and Administrative Bureau
Captain Rusty Venters joined the Portsmouth Police Department in September of 1995 and is currently the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. During his career, Captain Venters served in Uniform Patrol, the Community Services Unit, and the Strategic Traffic Unit. As Captain Venters rose through the ranks he supervised numerous units and divisions to include Uniform Patrol, the Strategic Traffic Unit, the Community Services Division, the Special Investigations Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division. Captain Venters is also a graduate of the Command Officer Management Program (Session 14) from Saint Leo University.
Criminal Investigations Bureau
Captain Kenneth Saucer began his career in law enforcement as a Chesapeake police officer in 1997 and joined the Portsmouth Police Department in November of 2000. Captain Saucer became a School Resource Officer in 2004 and served in that capacity for six years. He also served in marine patrol, the dive team, and as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. As a supervisor, Captain Saucer has worked in Uniform Patrol, commanded the Police Records Unit, the Administrative Services Division, the Professional Standards Bureau, and is currently the commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Captain Saucer also serves as the Portsmouth Police Department liaison to the LGBTQ community.
Captain Saucer graduated from Saint Leo College in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. He completed the Leadership Institute at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy in 2012, the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Program in 2014, and the Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program (Session 16).
Uniform Patrol Bureau
Captain Rich Springer began his professional law enforcement career with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office in 1995, after attending Pensacola Christian College. In January of 1997, he joined the Portsmouth Police Department where, as an officer, he served in Uniform Patrol as a Field Training Officer, Mounted Patrol, and the Tactical Response Unit. Captain Springer attained the title of Master Police Officer before being promoted to Police Sergeant. Rising through the ranks, he has been assigned supervisory positions in various units and divisions to include Uniform Patrol, Community Services/Community Enhancement, Criminal Investigations, Training, Special Investigations, Gang Suppression, Maritime, and Street Crimes.
Being afforded many opportunities throughout his career to participate in collateral assignments, Captain Springer has been a member of the department’s Project Lifesaver Team, S.W.A.T. Team, and the Maritime Unit, where he currently holds positions as both a boat operator and a public safety diver. He holds certifications from both S.S.I. and E.R.D.I. as a Master Scuba Diver, and holds a Master, Near Coastal, Merchant Mariner Credential from the U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center.
Captain Springer completed the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Program in 2015. He is a certified police instructor with multiple specialties, and he serves on the board of Law Enforcement United, the Virginia Public Safety Dive Conference planning committee, and the Hampton Roads Regional Maritime Incident Response Team’s Law Enforcement subcommittee.