How do I properly dispose of unwanted medication?
The Portsmouth Police Department has implemented a program where citizens from ANY jurisdiction can bring unused, expired or otherwise unwanted drugs and medications to the police department for destruction.
The Portsmouth Police Department houses a drug drop off box that is accessible at our department 24/7. Please see the Station Officer at the front desk to assist you with this process. NO NEEDLES or other hazardous materials will be accepted
How do I properly dispose of personal medical sharps (needles)?
Operation I.D. (Property Engraving Program)
Operation Identification is nationally recognized by law enforcement as a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in the home or business. This program has been used for over 30 years by police departments across the country. The program will allow the Portsmouth Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to detect stolen property and return these items to their rightful owners. The Portsmouth Police suggest using your driver’s license number when engraving. You SHOULD NOT use your social security number.
Read more about the Property Engraving Program
Community Alert System - CODE RED
The Community Alert System is a fast communication service allowing the City of Portsmouth to notify citizens of an emergency situation. It enables the City to provide mass notification quickly and easily. This service is free to all Portsmouth residents and businesses located within our incorporated limits.
Learn more about the Community Alert System
Information For Victims
A collection of resources, contact information, and informational pamphlets for victims can be found here.
Find more information for victims
Internet Crime Resources
Internet crimes may be reported to different agencies on-line in addition to, or in lieu of, making a report to your local police department. The public is encouraged to make reports to both the Portsmouth Police and to the appropriate federal agency hosting on-line reporting.
Learn more about Internet Crime Resources
When Stopped by Police
The Portsmouth Police Department is proud to have a very intensive traffic safety program in place. Each year, patrol officers make approximately 10,000 motor vehicle stops. This effort is made to help keep the motoring public safe. There are many different reasons why the police might stop you.
Learn more about what to do When Stopped by Police