Field Services Division
The Field Services Division is comprised of the following units:
- Animal Control Unit
- Patrol Operations
- Police Volunteers
- Police Explorers
- Police Chaplains
- School Crossing Guards
- School Resource Officers
- K-9 Program
Animal Services Unit – The Animal Services Division has one supervisor and two full-time officers. They serve the City of Hopewell by preventing animal cruelty and neglect, reuniting lost pets with their owner, and providing compassion and comfort for animals in their care.
Patrol Operations – Patrol Operations is the most visible piece of the Hopewell Police Department. Patrol Operations consists of an “A” Platoon and a “B” Platoon, and each of these has a daylight and midnight shift that works a 12-hour shift. Additionally, Patrol Operations has oversight of the Police Volunteers, Police Explorer Post, Police Chaplains, Crossing Guards, School Resource Officers, and the K-9 Program. Patrol Operations is the largest division within the agency.
Police Volunteers – The Police Volunteers is a 501-(c)-3 entity that operates under the oversight of a patrol sergeant. There are currently eight Police Volunteers. These selfless and dedicated individuals bring a world of experience, caring, and dedication to the City of Hopewell. They assist with traffic control and they conduct funeral escorts. They assist with digital fingerprinting and photographing our children for safety and security. They also regularly assist with training new police officer recruits at the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Police Explorer Post – Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women who have completed the 6th grade through 20 years old, interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship, and patriotism.
Police Chaplains – We currently have three Hopewell Police Chaplains: Dr. Marcus Campbell, Reverenced Dejuan Bishop and Pastor Chris Coppler. They provide spiritual support to our officers and members of our community in times of need.
School Crossing Guards – Our four School Crossing Guards work tirelessly to ensure school children are safe going to and from school. The crossing guards are: Thomas Colletti, Ruth Bailey, Dot Carter, and Leon Damron who have a combined total of over 97 years of experience in this field.
School Resource Officers (SRO) – There are three SRO’s assigned in the City of Hopewell. These officers employ the “triad” concept of school-based policing. It divides the SRO’s responsibilities into three areas: teacher, informal counselor and law enforcement officer. They educate, counsel and protect their school “communities,” lead by example, and promote a positive image of law enforcement to students and citizens.
K-9 Program – The K-9 unit is an enhanced support function for the Patrol Unit and other department units. It is comprised of two handlers and two dogs. The K-9 Unit’s primary function is to respond to calls of incidents with armed and dangerous suspects, felonies, tracking missing persons or suspects, building searches, searches for articles or evidence (including narcotics), and public demonstrations.