For many years, residents of Roanoke have utilized the parking lot of the Roanoke Police Department for child custody exchanges, as well as the exchange of items that are bought, sold or traded. Now Roanoke has an official designated exchange zone in the parking lot of the Roanoke Police Department. Under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras, buyers and sellers can continue to meet and conduct business transactions, and parents can make child-custody handoffs.
In addition to the designated exchange zone in the parking lot, everyone also has the option of utilizing the Police Department lobby which is well lit and highly visible by Roanoke telecommunicators. We encourage anyone using the parking lot or lobby to check in with the telecommunicators, so they can keep an extra eye on the exchange.
Although we encourage use of these areas for exchanges, please exercise good judgment, as there is no guarantee to the legitimacy of any transaction.