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Department History and Jurisdictional Information

The Town of Leesburg, the second largest town in Virginia, is located between the Potomac River and the Catoctin Mountains just 35 miles north-west of our Nation’s Capital and only a few minutes from our neighboring States of West Virginia and Maryland. U.S. Route 15 and State Route 7 intersect in the center of this historic, beautiful and vibrant community. The Town covers 12 square miles, with elevations ranging from 275 feet to 425 feet above sea level. The Town’s rich history spans three centuries. Originally a settlement called George Town in honor of the then-reigning monarch of Great Britain, Leesburg was renamed to honor the influential Lee family of Virginia.

Leesburg was a staging ground for the British during the French and Indian War and for the Colonials during the Revolutionary War. During the War of 1812, with the city of Washington in flames, 22 wagonloads of United States documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, much of George Washington's correspondences, and Congressional and State Department records, were brought to Leesburg for safekeeping. In 1825, Ludwell Lee, who lived in historic Belmont entertained the Marquis de Lafayette, the French benefactor of our new nation during the Revolution.

During the Civil War, Leesburg was a strategic point for troop movements. The Battle of Ball's Bluff took place northeast of Leesburg. On October 21, 1861, Confederate forces pushed the Union troops back across the Potomac River. Many of the homes along King Street served as hospitals for soldiers that were wounded at the battle. Today, Ball's Bluff National Cemetery honors the many soldiers who fought and died there.

Today, Leesburg continues to serve as the center of government and commerce for Loudoun County. The Historic District was placed in the National Register of Historic places in 1970 and is cited as one of the best preserved and most picturesque downtowns in Virginia.

The Leesburg Police Department has a proud record of providing police services since 1758. Leesburg is the seat of Government for Loudoun County. To better serve our rapidly growing community of over 38,000 citizens, our department has: Patrol/Community Policing Officers, Canine Officers, Crime Prevention Officers, Bicycle Officers, Detectives, ID Technicians, Motorcycle Traffic Officers, School Resource Officers, a Special Operations Team, Civil Defense Unit, Crisis Negotiators, and our own Emergency Communications Center.

Our Department is a full-service law enforcement agency emphasizing the philosophies of community policing and providing proactive crime prevention programs. Currently serving under the command of Chief of Police Joseph R. Price, our authorized strength is 85 sworn and 16 non-sworn personnel. Our facility is the only police agency in the local area that remains open 24 hours a day.



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Last updated: 10/21/2013 1:54:13 PM