Alert:  Please be cautious in and around the parking lot (Between the library and the Train Station) off Washington Street, due to a contractor in the area replacing the roof on the U.S. Post Office on Broad Street. This project is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Public Safety

Public Safety

The mission of the Altavista Police Department is to safeguard lives and property of the citizens we serve, to reduce the indicents and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while partnering with the community to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor, integrity and excellence, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public safety.

Core Values

  • Partnership
  • Resilience
  • Integrity
  • Dedication
  • Excellence
  • Sensitivity

Emergency 9-1-1

Contact: Chief Tommy Merricks 

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510 Seventh Street
Altavista, VA 24517

Phone: (434) 369-7425
Fax: (434) 369-4369
After Hours: (434) 369-4488

The Altavista Police Department will strive to improve the quality of life to all citizens of the Town of Altavista by proactive policing and forming lasting partnerships throughout the community. 

Altavista Police Department online reporting portal

Please use the link below to report crimes that have already occurred such as larceny, theft, theft from vehicle, vandalism and vandalism to a vehicle. Once submitted, the report will be assigned to an officer who will contact you. For any emergency, dial 911!