Covington Division of Police

333 W. Locust Street, Covington, VA 24426

Dial "9-1-1" for All Emegency Calls

Non-emergency calls: (540) 965-6333

Police Administration: (540) 965-6331

Crime Prevention

A Strong Commitment to Community Policing and Crime Prevention

Community Policing is a philosophy based on forging a partnership between the police and the community, so that they can work together on solving problems of crime, fear of crime and disorder, thereby enhancing the overall quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The Covington Police Department embraces a philosophy of Community Policing, an important policing/community partnership that has proven to prevent and reduce crime. This partnership is accomplished in a variety of ways, and is shared by the Crime Prevention Officer.

Crime Prevention Officer

Mission Statement

"Recognizing that the principle objective to be obtained in law enforcement is the prevention of crime, and because the entire community must be involved in public safety: The crime prevention mission is to develop community responsibility, directed at reducing the threat of crime and enhancing safety, thereby resulting in an environment where crime cannot flourish."

The Crime Prevention Officer for the Covington Police Department is Officer Smith, who is assisted by other officers within the department. You may contact Officer Smith by calling the department at 540-965-6333. Together, they administer and/or assist several programs throughout the city such as:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Alarm Procedures
  • Holiday/Halloween Safety Tips
  • Safe Kids
  • Employee Safety Training
  • Shoplifting Prevention Training
  • Personal Safety Training
  • National Night Out
  • Bicycle Rodeo
  • Triad
  • Police Department Tours for Youth
  • "HALT" (Halt Auto Break-ins Today)

The Crime Prevention Officer, along with the citizens of Covington, continue to work toward reducing crime and helping to,

Keep Covington a Good Place to Live.

Criminal Investigator:


The mission of Covington Police Criminal Investigative Services is to collect facts and evidence leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of criminal offenders within the City of Covington. The criminal investigator is  also tasked with the responsibility of correctly obtaining and handling information supplied by victims and witnesses after an offense is committed. Proper collection, documentation, preservation and submission of physical evidence to the forensic laboratory is also a major portion of the investigators duties.  The investigator also organizes and presents facts to the Commonwealth Attorney and the Courts for successful prosecution of offenders.

Office of Criminal Investigations:

Covington Police Department
333 W. Locust Street
Covington, Virginia  24426
Telephone: 540-965-6332

Fax: 540-965-6334

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Covington Division of Police is to partner with the residents and businesses of our community in order to provide a safe and secure environment for our citizens and guests.  With community service as our foundation, we are driven to enhance the quality of life, investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security in the community.  We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and professional ethics.

Citizen's Police Academy

The mission of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to educate the citizens of Covington and the surrounding area with the operations of their police department.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and Police /Community relations. It will provide the community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. The purpose of this academy is to increase understanding between the citizens and law enforcement, through education and interaction with members of the Covington Police Department. This academy will give citizens the opportunity to learn why we “can” and/or “can not” do certain things. It is hoped that the instruction will increase public awareness to dispel suspicions and misconceptions, and to increase police/community rapport through this positive educational program.

A program like the Citizen’s Police Academy also allows more open discussion between the police and citizens. This makes it much easier to exchange ideas and receive feedback on the various programs that the police department is using. This will also give the public an opportunity to voice concerns and offer ideas that can assist in solving issues. The Citizen’s Police Academy will go to great lengths to improve community relations between many aspects of society, for example; local businesses, citizens, police officers, and local governments.

The ten-week/30 hour training program consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction. Topics covered include the duties of a uniform patrol officer, investigative procedures, tactical operations, laws and legal issues, use of the drug dog “Toby”, and Drug Task Force Operations. Students will participate in many interesting activities such as touring the Police Department, using police equipment, collecting evidence and role playing. If time is permitted, other topics may be added.

The maximum number of participants will not exceed 16, so please sign up as soon as you can to ensure a spot in this academy. For the most part, the sessions will be held at the Covington Police Department at 333 West Locust Street. In the event that the location is changed, the participants will be notified in advance by e-mail or telephone.

The instruction will be comprehensive, covering different areas of the police department and the judicial system each week. Each participant will receive a syllabus, along with an instruction manual at the beginning of the academy. The officers of the Covington Police Department will be the primary instructors for the academy. However, we will call on special guest speakers when it is deemed necessary.

Graduates of this course will not be police officers or law enforcing citizen, but will be better-informed citizens. The graduates will be in a position to relate their experiences to friends and co-workers. Graduates may also at times serve as a liaison between citizens and law enforcement.

Interested candidates can contact the Covington Police Department on our non-emergency line @ 540-965-6333 and request an application. You will need to speak with 1st Sergeant R.A. Dawson or Officer C.J. Smith. Interested candidates may also go to our website at and download an application.  Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have no criminal record. There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy other than your time. We think that you will find it to be a worthwhile investment. No one will be rejected due to their sex, race, employment, Socio-economic status, or disability.

The officers of the Covington Police Department look forward to meeting all participants at the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Animal Control

The Police Department is responsible for animal control within the city limits of Covington. The animal control officer handles all calls for service concerning dogs at large, wild animals and other similar complainants. The ACO receives training through the department and the Cardinal Criminal Justice Training Academy and departmental Field Training Officer's. The ACO  has several other additional duties assigned to him such as the enforcement of the cities junk vehicle ordinance and parking enforcement in the downtown area.

The ACO normally works from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling the police department at 540-965-6333. During working hours, the ACO handles anywhere from 70-100 calls per month and picks up on average 20 stray dogs per month.  Animals captured by the ACO are taken to the  Alleghany Humane Society. Dogs are held at the shelter for 10 days then placed up for adoption to the public. Cats are not picked up by the Animal Control Officer, although they may be taken to the shelter by individual citizens for a nominal fee. The shelter can be reached at (540) 862-2436.

The main purpose for animal control is to ensure that citizens are safe from animals, domestic and wild, and that animals are safe and properly cared for.

The City of Covington does have a leash law that requires that dogs must be restrained from running at large in public areas.

Questions concerning animal control issues may be directed to the ACO at the police department during normal working hours at (540) 965-6333

ACO Delbert Smith patrols the city during normal duty hours looking for stray animals. He also is involved in numerous other activities within the department, such as junk vehicle enforcement, parking enforcement and assistance with traffic details.

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