About the LPD
The Lynchburg Police Department is a dynamic, progressive agency that serves a thriving city of nearly 84,000. The 176 sworn officers of the department partner with and protect our residents and visitors through a community policing philosophy that prioritizes accountability and collaboration. The LPD has countless opportunities for officers to participate in specialized units, including a K-9 Unit, Tactical Unit, Intelligence Unit, Crime Scene Unit, and much more. With a career progression system that allows officers to move from Police Officer to Police Officer III within four years of coming off of field training, the potential for growth in a career at the LPD is endless.
Since its foundation in 1805, the LPD has remained at the forefront of modern policing, and today our officers receive advanced training, including field force, crisis intervention, interview and interrogation, investigations, leadership training, and much more! Members of the LPD make a difference in the lives of our community every day. We will always be there to answer the call – whether our residents need protection from a violent partner, advice about a fraud scam, or rescuing from a hostage situation. We are your partners and your protectors.
$19.9 Million Budget for Fiscal Year 2022
82% of that cost is salary and benefits
18% of that cost is operations
Over the past decade, we have applied for and been awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to supplement our budget. Some of the more notable grants include the following. Please note this list is not all-inclusive and does not include the many grants we have received in the past.
- COPS – $360,431 over three years for three sworn positions
- COVID – $112,543 for Personal Protective Equipment and other equipment to keep our employees safe during COVID
- JAG – $32,130 for protective gear, including suits, gloves, and shields
- BPV – $59,138 for bulletproof vests
- VDEM – $122,990 for mobile vehicle barriers and trailer
- DMV Alcohol Grant – $57,885 for selective DUI activities, alcohol testing equipment, and related training
- DMV Speed Grant – $24,938 for speed enforcement activities
- BWC – $100,000 for software related to body-worn camera systems
- BWC – $205,500 for body-worn camera systems
LPD Officers receive 880 hours of training in the police basic school. Each year, our officers complete more than 8,000 cumulative hours of training. This includes de-escalation training, firearms qualification, bias-free policing, Crisis Intervention Training, and more.
The LPD wants our officers to reflect the diverse fabric of our community. This remains an ongoing effort of the department.
White Officers: 84%
Black Officers: 12%
Hispanic Officers: 4%
Female Officers: 18%
Male Officers: 82%
The LPD offers a variety of career opportunities for officers, including the following specialized units and teams:
- K-9 Unit
- Tactical Unit
- Crisis Negotiations Team
- Digital Forensics
- Traffic Safety Unit
- Community Action Team
- School Resource Officers
- Honor Guard
- Vice and Narcotics Unit
- Criminal Investigations Division
- Intelligence Unit