USA Police Pulaski Police Department PPD Introduction

The Town of Pulaski is located about 50 miles south of Roanoke and is situated within the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. The Town encompasses an area of 7.8 square miles with a population of approximately 8,983 residents. The Department is currently funded for twenty eight sworn officers, six communications officers, and three non-sworn employees. The Department is under the leadership of Chief Gary W. Roche.

Department Information / Facts
Organizational Chart
Uniform Patrol Division
Investigative Division
Support Services Division
Communications Division
Specialized Units
Department Awards

The Pulaski Police Department was the fifty-eighth law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) on November 16, 2006. A law enforcement agency being awarded accredited status, demonstrates that the organization is in compliance with the professional standards promulgated by the Commission. The Department received its first re-accreditation on December 2, 2010 and is scheduled for another assessment September 2014.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pulaski Police Department is to commit itself to a partnership with the community, to ensure quality law enforcement, to safeguard all constitutional rights and maintain public confidence. The police department will strive to safeguard citizens’lives and property using the best available resources to identify, apprehend, and prosecute violators of the law.

Vision Statement

The officers and staff of the Pulaski Police Department, strive for a public perception that views this agency and its members as trusted leaders in their community. The decisions we make everyday affects the quality of life in the Town of Pulaski. The central themes underlying this philosophy are values that guide our actions while we discharge those responsibilities entrusted to us. Our prime directive is to do what is right even when no one is watching. We embrace our community with a spirit of trust through a moral foundation of integrity, a code of ethics, and a philosophy of being the community’s helping hand.

The men and women of the Police Department value human life, honesty, and Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We also value the Body of Law, our community, problem solving with our citizens, excellence in the performance of our duties, accountability for our actions, along with the cooperation and teamwork among our members. Our values are qualities of worth and as such are non-negotiable.

Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Division comprises the first response capability of the Department and is the backbone of the Department’s Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Uniform Patrol is the largest and most visible division to the public. The patrol force continuously works 24 hours a day on a 12 hour shift rotation conducting vehicle patrols, bike patrols, and foot patrols within the Town of Pulaski. Uniform personnel are responsible for crime prevention, public safety, traffic safety, criminal investigations, warrants service, and other forms of public assistance. Uniform personnel are also the first line of defense in the homeland security and are the initial responders to a critical incident.

Uniform Patrol Division Personnel


Sergeant Robert D. Rucker

Corporal Jimmy W. Stone

Officer Megan R. Jennings

Officer Daniel I. Rabago

Officer Lemmie L Sanders


Sergeant Rick E. Riddle

Corporal John F. Leeper

(A) Corporal Jamie R. Brown

Officer Ronald E. Gillenwater

Officer Joshua K. Day


Sergeant Derick D. Waddell

Corporal Sarah J. Riggins

Officer Anthony S. Thompson

Officer Cody J. Dickerson


Sergeant John D. Saul

Corporal Daniel F. Grim

Officer Adam M. Abdelaziz

Officer Taylor A. Suydam

Investigative Division

Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Unit are responsible for investigating offenses such as murder, burglary, robbery, internet crimes, fraud, grand larceny, malicious wounding, etc. They are also assigned selected misdemeanor cases initially documented by officers of the Uniform Patrol Division. A detective is on-call 24 hours a day, and they are frequently contacted after business hours for criminal investigations. Investigators are trained in advanced crime scene photography and processing, and we have on staff a graduate of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Crime Scene Investigation Academy.

Our Narcotics Unit falls under the Criminal Investigations Division and are members of the Claytor Lake Drug Task Force. Narcotic officers routinely work with other tasks forces and federal agencies in drug related criminal offenses.