Neighborhood Watch Report Terms

  1. Call for Service
  2. Disposition

A call received from a citizen requesting either emergency or non-emergency police response to provide a service or assistance. A call for service is an event occurring in or near Chesterfield County to which one or more Chesterfield County Police employees must respond to evaluate or take action, or an event that comes to the attention of police or is initiated by police that requires formal documentation (e.g., case report, supplemental report or accident report).

Examples include:

  • Citizens reporting a burglary
  • Citizens reporting a neighbor problem or suspicious activity
  • Citizens reporting a ringing alarm bell
  • Citizens reporting a shooting
  • Citizens reporting a traffic accident with injuries
  • Detectives making an arrest
  • Officers finding a stolen vehicle
  • Officers searching out and arresting a fugitive

All calls for service receive a unique call number which serves as the incident identifier for police reference. Upon investigation, some calls for service are called crimes and are classified as incidents for the purpose of reporting to the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Not all police contacts with the public are calls for service, and not all calls for service are crimes.