School Resource Officer Program
Since 1998, the Leesburg Police Department has had a police presence in the Middle and High Schools located within the Town of Leesburg. In addition to their regularly assigned schools, each SRO is assigned secondary responsibilities at elementary schools and specialty schools within the Town.
The presence of a School Resource Officer, armed and in uniform, ensures a timely response to any criminal behavior, or better yet, deters the criminal behavior from taking place. Students and faculty are better protected from violence and can pursue their educational activities in a secure and orderly environment. When requested, the School Resource Officer will instruct classes in such topics as crime prevention, substance abuse and driver safety. They also provide information on legal issues, and promote positive relationships and a better understanding between youth and police officers.
Many in the law enforcement community have realized the advantages of a close and positive working relationship with their local schools. Interaction among police officers, students, faculty and administrators helps to produce an understanding of the police officer’s role and the criminal justice system. The Leesburg Police Department’s School Resource Officer program seeks to maximize these advantages by placing officers in requested schools during all normal hours of school operation.
During the summer months when school is not in session, the SRO’s run the Leesburg Police Department Junior Police Camp at the police department targeting middle school aged children. Topics of instruction include team building, leadership, conflict resolution, character education, physical fitness, juvenile law, and police procedures such as fingerprinting and evidence collection.
The Kidsmart Safety Camp is targeted for a weeklong safety camp for children ages 6 to 10. This camp spans five days and on each day a specific safety topic will be covered with the children. These topics will include; animal / wildlife safety, fire safety, firearms safety, personal safety, and bicycle / scooter safety. At the end of the week long course the children will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Traffic Management Unit
The Traffic Management Unit is made up of a sergeant and up to six officers, which includes up to four motorcycle officers, who perform a wide variety of tasks ranging from responding to traffic related complaints from citizens and local government officials, selective enforcement, parking complaints, traffic control, traffic checking details, and crash investigation and reconstruction. A large percentage of their time is committed to conducting traffic safety programs to make our roads safer.
In addition to their regularly assigned duties, members of the Traffic Management Unit are also responsible for the following:
- Special Events (Parades, marches, downtown events, funeral escorts);
- Community Speed Watch Program;
- Variable Message Boards and Speed Trailer deployments;
- Radar and Lidar (Laser) instruction at department and police academy level;
- Police vehicle calibrations;
- Child Safety Seat installations and inspections.
Members of the unit also serve on the Town of Leesburg’s Standing Residential Traffic Committee and the Loudoun County Transportation Committee.
Honor Guard Team
The Leesburg Police Department's Honor Guard Team is a voluntary detail comprised of Leesburg Police Officers. The Honor Guard Team’s mission is to professionally and respectfully recognize and honor the importance of our nation's flag and those who have sacrificed for it. The Honor Guard Team performs a variety of functions to include funeral details, memorial services, and other ceremonial events as directed by the Chief of Police.
The Honor Guard Team is organized, managed, and led by the Honor Guard Team Commander who is appointed by the Chief of Police. The unit members possess a high level of military bearing, professionalism, and physical fitness. They are directly responsible for representing the Chief, the Department, and the Town as a whole in a manner that is consistent with our high standards and values of Leadership, Pride and Dedication.
Police Mountain Bicycle Unit
Canine (K-9) Unit
Unmanned Aircraft System Team
Firearms Training Unit
Field Training Officer Program
Emergency Response Team - Tactical Element
Emergency Response Team - Negotiations Element