Police Department

On behalf of the men and women of the Town of Purcellville Police Department, I welcome you to our website. Our Police Department prides itself on being a full-service law enforcement agency, providing 24 hour, 7 days-a-week patrol coverage. The department currently employs sixteen (16) sworn officers and one (1) civilian. We supplement the department with a valued support piece, the Purcellville Citizen’s Support Team (PCST). This unit is made up of highly dedicated men and women who spend many hours assisting the Police Department at special Town and community events. If you would like to join our team, as police officer, civilian member or volunteer, please contact us.

Vision: To provide excellent police services, combat crime, ensure high quality of life standards, and build strong partnerships within the community.  

Mission: To provide all residents and visitors within the Town of Purcellville the highest level of quality police service without regard to race, culture, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender or disability.   To combat crime, apprehend criminals and ensure law and order within the town, so that law abiding residents and visitors can be assured safety and peace.

It is our belief that through the application of commonly held values, we will achieve excellence in policing. My contact information and the contact information for our staff members are on our webpage. Please use this information. We look forward to each and every opportunity to serve our community. We remain “Proud to Serve.” 


Cynthia A. McAlister
Chief of Police

Important information about the Purcellville Police Department

1. All cruisers are equipped with state-of-the-art radar, computers and radio communications.

2. The Purcellville Police Department participates in the Commonwealth of Virginia National Criminal inquiry computer system and the Amber Alert and Locator Program.

3. All Purcellville Police officers are AED and CPR certified.

4. The Purcellville Police Department is accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission in 2009 and re-accredited in 2013.