On December 18, 1809, the Mayor and Common Council petitioned the General Assembly requesting an act empowering the Common Hall to appoint a master of police. To vest him with sufficient authority to carry their ordinances into execution, and to levy tax upon the inhabitants for compensation for the officer's services.
In 2018, the Petersburg Bureau of Police has grown to an authorized strength of 120 sworn; dedicated men and women, who have accepted the challenge to maintain peace and order and improve the quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors.
The Petersburg Bureau of Police protects persons and property by providing essential law enforcement and public safety services, while promoting officer engagement and community involvement, stability and order through service, assistance and visibility.
The transformation of the Petersburg Bureau of Police continues: Our philosophy of Evidence Based Policing is emerging as we develop a new culture of Organizational Excellence.
Proactive, result oriented, crime fighting, crime prevention and tailored intervention, are becoming more apparent as we incorporate new strategies to accomplish how WE, the Police and our Community stakeholders complement each other and contribute to the overall quality of life of our citizens.