Police Services


The mission of the Vinton Police Department is to improve the quality of life by preserving the peace and safety of the community through the formation of partnerships, creating positive interaction between the public and the police while continuing to serve the unique needs of the Town of Vinton.

Citizens Police Academy

This program is designed to give insight on how the Police Department operates along with its partner agencies. Classes Include: an overview of police operations, informational training on Patrol Operations, RADAR, Crime Prevention, Investigations, Narcotics, Use of Force, and First Aid. Tours will be given of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science - Western Lab, Emergency Communications Center, and the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office - Jail Division. The Courthouse and Commonwealth Attorney Block will also be reviewed.

Applications to attend the Citizens Police Academy must be submitted by February 1, 2020 to Sergeant Michael Caldwell. Class is limited to participants. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Citizens Police Academy Flyer

Police Department Important Links:

Image of Chief Thomas Foster
  1. Thomas Foster


  2. Jessica Parker

    Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police

  3. Police

    Physical Address
    311 S Pollard Street
    Vinton, VA 24179

    Fax: 540-983-0624
    Emergency: 911

    Animal Control Phone: 540-562-3265
    After Hours Non-Emergency Dispatch Center Phone: 540-562-3265

    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.