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Crime Prevention: The Law Enforcement Officer's Guide
Rick Arrington  More Info

About the Roanoke Police Department

The Roanoke Police Department is organized into two large divisions: Operations Division and Services Division.  The Services division has sub-units such as crime analysis, forensic services unit, records and payroll.  The Operations Division has two main sub-units: Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Bureau.


The Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Roanoke Police Department is made up of the Criminal Investigations Unit and the Vice/Organized Crime Unit. The Criminal Investigations Unit is made up of five squads of detectives.  Juvenile Crimes Detectives investigate all felony offenses committed both by and against juveniles.  Major Crimes Detectives investigate all major crimes against persons; that includes robbery, rape, murder, malicious wounding and suicide.  The Major Crimes Squad also includes a Cold Case Investigator, who re-opens old homicides yet unsolved.  The Property Crimes Squad investigates crimes against property, such as burglary and larceny.  This squad also includes Auto Theft Investigators.  The White Collar Crimes Squad investigates all crimes involving finances and identity theft.  This Squad includes Computer Crimes Detectives, who investigate any crimes committed over the computer, via the internet. 


The Vice/Organized Crime Unit of the Roanoke Police Department (Virginia) consists of undercover officers who investigate illegal narcotics, prostitution and ABC violations.  One detective from the unit is assigned to serve on the regional Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) taskforce. 


The Patrol Bureau consists of the following units: Animal Control; DARE/SRO; Hit and Run; Mounted Patrol; Parking Enforcement; Patrol Officers; and, Uniform Support (which includes Crime Prevention, K-9, Power Shift, Street Crimes and Warrant Service)





Lieutenant Richard Arrington (ret.) served in the U. S. Army Military Police before beginning his law enforcement career.  As a police officer for the Roanoke Police Department (Virginia), Rick Arrington worked in every unit including the Community Policing Unit, Records Unit and finally as a Zone Commander over the Southeast Quadrant of the city. He is currently a Program Administrative Specialist for the Law Enforcement Services section of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.  Lieutenant Richard Arrington is the author of Crime Prevention: The Law Enforcement Officer's Practical Guide.



According to the book description of Crime Prevention: The Law Enforcement Officer's Practical Guide, “this reference provides valuable information on crime prevention techniques for creating and implementing crime prevention programs and managing successful awareness campaigns. Included are steps for the prevention of personal and business theft, property crime, fraud, and violent crime, among others. It covers the many physical devices available to aid in crime prevention and how to use them effectively, as well as prevention techniques using environmental design. Charts and photos help illustrate the author's explanations, and a comprehensive appendix includes many of the forms and documents that are used in the field of crime prevention.”

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