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  1. A Message From Chief Mark Solesky

Chief Mark G. Solesky

Community can be defined as a group of people sharing common beliefs, interests, and goals. Although a community is made up of different people with different interests, experiences, and backgrounds they are bound together by their shared values. 

That sense of community is what makes the City of Chesapeake such a special place. Our citizens value fresh open spaces, friendly neighbors, good schools, and the quality of life that is apparent in so many neighborhoods around the city.

Here on the Chesapeake Police Department, everything we do is viewed through the lens of “community first.” It certainly makes sense in that the community is the very purpose of our existence. Our mission is to serve the citizens of Chesapeake, and to do that, and do it well, the basis of all our actions must be “community first.” 

This comes easy for us not only because we see ourselves as part of the community, we are part of the community! 

Many of our police department members are your next-door neighbors, your friends, fellow church members, and your children’s coaches at sporting events.

We work hard to make our citizens feel that we are part of their communities. Our department is always looking to engage with citizens in non-enforcement settings. The dedicated men and women of the Chesapeake Police Department, both sworn and non-sworn, strive to provide quality law enforcement services to the many unique and diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. We have fostered relationships that we truly value with many individuals, neighborhood groups, business groups, and church groups. 

It is very important to us that our citizens know we are here to enforce the law with the community, not on the community. If you see a Chesapeake Police Officer in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to approach them if you have a question they may be able to answer, or if you would just like to say hello. By continuing to work together we will keep Chesapeake the finest city in Virginia in which to live, learn, work, farm, and play!

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  1. We Are an Internationally Accredited Agency

CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Chesapeake Police Department began the CALEA accreditation process in 2011 and received our initial accreditation in 2014. Since then, we have maintained our accreditation status with continuing reviews, evaluations and assessments from CALEA.

The CALEA Accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they have met an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer board of commissioners. View more information about the CALEA Accreditation. CALEA standards can be found at this link: CALEA Standards

Additionally, CALEA utilizes their Accreditation Public Comment Portal for public comment as explained below:

"The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding an agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence."

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.  

To provide your comment, please use this link: CALEA Public Comment Portal

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