The Division of Capitol Police Commonwealth of Virginia


Section 30-34.2:1. Powers, duties and functions of Capitol Police.

The Capitol Police may exercise within the limits of the Capitol Square, when assigned to any other property owned, leased, or controlled by the Commonwealth or any agency, department, institution or commission thereof, and pursuant to the provisions of Sections 15.2-1724, 15.2-1726, and 15.2-1728, all the powers, duties and functions which are exercised by the police of the city, or the police or sheriff of the county within which said property is located. The jurisdiction of the Capitol Police shall further extend 300 feet beyond the boundary of any property they are required to protect, such jurisdiction to be concurrent with that of other law-enforcement officers of the locality in which such property is located. Additionally, the Capitol Police shall have concurrent jurisdiction with law-enforcement officers of the City of Richmond and of any county contiguous thereto in any case involving the theft or misappropriation of the personal property of any member or employee of the General Assembly. Members of the Capitol Police, when assigned to accompany the Governor, members of the Governor's family, the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, members of the General Assembly, or members of the Virginia Supreme Court, or when directed to serve a summons issued by the Clerk of the Senate or the Clerk of the House of Delegates, a joint committee or commission thereof or any committee of either house shall be vested with all the powers and authority of a law-enforcement officer of any city or county in which they are required to be. All members of the Capitol Police shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 5 (Section 9.1-500 et seq.) of Title 9.1 and to the provisions of Chapter 10 (Section 2.2-1000 et seq.) of Title 2.2.

The assignment of jurisdiction to any property pursuant to this section shall be approved by the Legislative Support Commission.

The Division of Capitol Police shall have the authority to enter into contracts or agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties.

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