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.
Administrative Services 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.
Uniform Patrol Bureau
Captain Ralph Ferrell began his career with the Portsmouth Police Department in 2002 and is currently the Commander of the Uniform Patrol Bureau which also consists of the Emergency Management, Security, Animal Control, and Auxiliary Units. During his career, Captain Ferrell served in Uniform Patrol, the Community Services Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Unit. As a collateral duty, he also served on the SWAT team and the Gang Suppression Unit. As Captain Ferrell rose through the ranks he supervised numerous units and divisions to include Staff Inspections, Property and Evidence, Court Liaison, Technical Services, and Uniform Patrol. He also implemented the Body Worn Camera Program.
Captain Althea Floriano began her law enforcement career with the Portsmouth Police Department on January 3, 1991. She served in Uniform Patrol and became a Field Training Officer before being transferred to Criminal Investigations Division to be one of Portsmouth’s first School Resource Officers. She was selected to serve as a K9 officer, becoming the 2nd female officer in the department to join and successfully complete the training program with her partner K9, Morgi. During this time she completed FBI SWAT school and served on the department’s Reserve SWAT Team. Rising through the ranks, she has been assigned supervisory positions in various units and divisions to include Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Chief’s Executive Officer, Training, Administrative Services, Community Services/Community Enhancement, Support Services, Gang Suppression, and Special Investigations.
Additionally, Captain Floriano is a 2014 graduate of the 257th Session of the FBI National Academy.