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The Division of Capitol Police has the distinct honor and privilege of being recognized as the first organized policing agency in the nation. Our historical roots originate at the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Va. The Guard, consisting of 10 men, was formed in 1618 to protect the governor from the hostile Indian population. By 1663, the force was expanded to 20 men and assigned to protect the governor, the Council and the Colonial Assembly. The capital was moved in 1699 to Williamsburg, Va., where the Guard remained an important part of the executive and legislative process. In 1780, the capital of Virginia was again relocated to a safer location, its current home in Richmond. In 1801, the General Assembly enacted legislation creating the Public Guard, which was responsible for protecting public property in Richmond. This military force remained active until 1869. The term "Capitol Police" was first used in an act of the Virginia General Assembly passed on Jan. 28, 1884. This act provided "for the appointment of Capitol Police certain other employees about the Public Buildings and Grounds." The Capitol Police has steadily expanded in size and remains in service to this day.

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Duties

The Division of Capitol Police is a multi-faceted agency with varied responsibilities. The division is frequently called upon to provide police services to state agencies, state employees and elected officials.

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Chief's Office

The Office of the Chief consists of the chief of police, assistant chief, executive assistant to the chief, human resources manager, senior legal specialist, accreditation manager, public information officer, internal affairs investigator,  fiscal officer and administrative assistant.

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Uniformed Operations

Uniformed Operations consists of Uniformed Patrol and Special Operations personnel. These sections are comprised of uniformed patrol officers, K-9 handlers, emergency medical technicians, investigators,  support officers and civilian screeners .

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Administrative Operations

Administrative Operations consists of an Emergency Preparedness Section and an Administrative Section. These sections consist of Crime Prevention, Information Technology, Communications, Training and Supply.

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Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources is committed to supporting the division's mission by providing exceptional human resources services to assist, develop and retain an effective, productive and diverse workforce.

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