The Portsmouth Police Department is the progressive, full-service law enforcement agency that serves the city and citizens of Portsmouth. Police Officers are required to be employed a minimum of two years with the Portsmouth Police Department before they are eligible to work within a specialized unit.  PPD’s authorized strength of 263 sworn members serve in the following capacities:

  • Administrative Services
  • Booking & Processing
  • Community Services
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Investigations (Detective Bureau)
  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Federal/ Regional Task Force Officers
  • Field Evidence Technicians
  • Gang Suppression Unit
  • Honor Guard
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • K-9 Unit
  • Marine Patrol
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Police Training Unit
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Property Management Unit
  • School Resource Officers
  • Special Investigations Unit (Narcotics)
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Strategic Traffic Unit
  • Technical Services Unit
  • Uniform Patrol
  • Fugitive Apprehension Unit


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