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Police protection for the Town is provided by the Cape Charles Police Department. The mission of the Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in Cape Charles by working cooperatively with the public to preserve the peace, enforce the laws, prevent crime, reduce fear, and provide for a safe community.
The Cape Charles Police Department is currently staffed by four full-time officers and a Chief of Police. All members of the department are LEC certified. Two officers are EMT certified and two are ALS certified. The Town owns five radio-equipped police cars, which are used to patrol all areas within the Town boundaries on a regular basis. Citizens can call the Police Department directly, and the department is also dispatched through the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office. The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office provides assistance when necessary, and the Cape Charles Police Department also uses the Northampton County jail to house inmates. For additional information concerning the Cape Charles Police Department, visit the Police Department web page
Fire protection and emergency medical services for the Town and surrounding areas are provided by the Cape Charles Fire Department and Rescue Squad. The Fire Department is located next to the Town’s Municipal Building and the Rescue Squad is located in Bayview. The Cape Charles Fire Department and Rescue Squad are dispatched by the Eastern Shore of Virginia 9-1-1 Communications Center and work cooperatively with other local fire departments and rescue squads. The Cape Charles Police Department also provides support to the Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Approximately thirty volunteers staff the Fire Department, and thirty additional volunteers support the Rescue Squad. The Fire Department has two fire trucks, a tanker, a brush truck, a ladder truck, and a command vehicle at its disposal.
The International Standards Organization gives an ISO rating to all communities based on the personnel and equipment available for fire protection. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a high level of protection and 10 being a low level. Cape Charles has an ISO rating of 7. Due to the acquisition of new equipment, this rating is expected to improve the next time the Town is evaluated.