CHO Airport Department of Public Safety

The CHO Airport Public Safety Department is a full service, professional, law enforcement agency that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our officers receive the most current training available in law enforcement, medical response, and aircraft rescue and firefighting, and are committed to ensuring the safety of the airlines, airport businesses, and our traveling public. The CHO Airport Public Safety Department consists of 11 sworn law enforcement officers, and is led by Chief Jonathan Shenk.

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Community Policing Data 


Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) is a special category of firefighting that involves the response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in (typically) an airport ground emergency. Operators of Part 139 airports must provide aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services during air carrier operations that require a Part 139 certificate. All newly hired fire fighters are sent to a state of the art training facility equipped with two aircraft simulators to provide safe, live fire training scenarios for all emergency response professionals.


Welcome to the Charlottesville – Albemarle Airport Department of Public Safety’s website. I hope our site will provide you with information and insight regarding police and fire/rescue services available to our community and the traveling public.

Members of our department are committed to providing quality customer service and demonstrating our core values that include integrity, professionalism, courage and dedication.

I am honored to serve as the Chief of Public Safety. I am extremely proud of the incredible accomplishments and dedication of our incredibly fine officers. Our officers are committed to protecting and serving the citizens of our community and the traveling public. It is a privilege to lead these talented and professional officers.

Jonathan Shenk
Chief of Public Safety