About the Division

The Patrol Division of the Bristol Virginia Police Department (BVPD) consists of 32 police officers. There are four shifts with 8 officers each. This includes a lieutenant as the shift commander.

Assigned Shifts

Officers work twelve-hour days with rotating days off. Patrol works non-rotating shifts. Day shift is 6 AM-6 PM and night shift is 6 PM-6 AM . The City of Bristol is approximately 13 square miles and has a population of about 18,000 people. The city is divided into four patrol zones. A patrol officer is assigned to each zone with senior officers and supervisors normally roving.


The Patrol Division is charged with duties including:

  • Traffic enforcement
  • Accident investigation
  • Answering calls for service
  • Nighttime security checks of businesses
  • Working school zones

Officers are expected to spend time out of each shift doing community policing activities. This is so that the BVPD can maintain a good relationship with the community and be more responsive to its needs.

Our Dedication to You

The officers of the Patrol Division are dedicated to providing the best police services possible to the citizens of Bristol, Virginia, and in keeping it a good place to live.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Bristol Virginia Police Department at (276) 645-7400.