Carilion Clinic Police & Security


Our Mission

The Carilion Clinic Police and Security Services Department is a fully empowered state law enforcement agency. The agency employs more than 50 sworn law enforcement officers who provide law enforcement services to the Carilion Clinic campuses. The department also employs more than 50 security officers who handle non-law enforcement tasks such as motor vehicle assistance, managing patients’ valuables, building security and staffing lobby areas during the evening and nighttime hours.  

Their primary goal is to provide a safe environment for the Carilion community, protecting life and property, deterring and investigating crime and maintaining public order. The division investigates all felonious offences committed on the campus. These include crimes committed by and against patients, employees, students and visitors while on Carilion campuses.

In addition to officers, the department is comprised of communication dispatchers and civilian support staff. 

Carilion Clinic Police and Security Services encourage all community partners to become aware of crime prevention measures and to participate in the department's crime prevention educational offerings. 

In accordance with the Code of Virginia §15.2-1609 and SB 5030, data collected on investigatory traffic stops and detentions can be requested by visiting or by contacting the Carilion Clinic Police Department at 540-981-7840. 



Carilion Police Officers are members of two police academies in the Commonwealth: The Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy and New River Criminal Justice Training Academy.  Officers receive continual training to maintain proficiency in their daily duties.  

Security Officers are required to be certified through the Department of Criminal Justice Services. 

Chief Ed Watkins

Leadership: Chief Watkins

Chief Ed Watkins began his career with Carilion Clinic in 1981. He rose through the ranks serving as lieutenant and as commander of the Administration Division of the Police and Security Department which includes oversight of diverse and complex security systems across our enterprise, police communications, and a liaison between our educational partners. He is a graduate of the Criminal Justice degree program at Liberty University, the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) at the University of Richmond and the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy. He is also a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and various other law enforcement organizations in the Commonwealth.


Community Events & Outreach

The department regularly get involved in community outreach through participation in the Virginia Special Olympics Torch Run and several fundraising events, including Docs for Morgan, Badge Buddies through the West End Center, and more. 

Freedom of Information Act Requests

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests may be submitted to Carilion’s FOIA Officer Chris Turnbull by emailing