The Police Association of Virginia was started in 1941 as the Norfolk Police Division Alumni Association.

In 1943 members of the Portsmouth Police Relief Association were voted into membership and in 1947, patrolmen in the Norfolk and Portsmouth Police Departments were admitted in to the organization for the first time.

In 1948, the name was changed to the Police Association of Virginia. The Association has grown from the original 33 members of 1941 to over 600 members today.


In 1951 the Police Association of Virginia erected a gravestone monument for Mary Pinckney Hardy, mother of General Douglas MacArthur.The stone is located on South Main Street in South Norfolk.



To uphold and maintain the Constitution of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To promote cooperation and a binding association between all law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia

To maintain a trust fund, to provide to the beneficiary of the deceased member a pecuniary amount in accordance with the provisions of the Police Association of Virginia bylaws.