By Debbie Adams
Police Chief Fabricio Drumond informed Vinton Town Council that his department is now fully
staffed with the addition of Officer Jason Call, who was introduced to the council members at
their meeting on Nov. 21.
Sgt. Brandon Alterio, Patrol Supervisor, introduced Officer Call who is a native of Roanoke and
a graduate of Northside High School. He attended Bluefield College where he obtained his
degree in Criminal Justice. While a student at Bluefield, he was a student-athlete, playing
He attended the Roanoke City Police Academy in January 2007 where Chief Drumond was also
“In the academy, Jason was known to be team-oriented, rational, and very cautious about
everything,” Alterio said. “Keep in mind that this is a paramilitary environment, so Jason was
always ready for the hammer to drop.”
After graduating from the police academy, Call entered the Patrol Division of the Roanoke City
“His time in law enforcement has been one of many achievements with lots of development and
career growth,” Alterio said.
After the Patrol Division, Call was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau where he
served as a Juvenile Crimes Detective, a Domestic Violence Detective, and a Crime Scene
“Before he transferred to Vinton, Jason obtained a prestigious, and what is known as the work-
horse rank of law enforcement,” said Alterio. “He became a Sergeant—the most respected rank
to law enforcement officers. Throughout his career, Jason has achieved many certifications and
instructorships, including fatality investigator school, forensic evidence school, and drug
interdiction school. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s Supervisor Leadership Institute training.
“Jason also served as president of a police association and a board member of the police
association’s community service board. He was also an active participant in Homework Helpers,
a Roanoke City Schools program, and Wheels on the James, building cycles for children with disabilities. He had an active role in reading outreach programs, volunteering with Southeastern German Shepherd Rescue, and Rebuilding Roanoke. He also participated in an outreach program in Uganda, Africa, in 2011-2012.”
Officer Call is married to Ashley Call, a school teacher, who pinned him at the council meeting.
He was sworn in on October 20, 2023.
They have two daughters. The family attends Parkway Church and plays an active role in church
ministries. They have a “deep-rooted relationship with Christ” and that is something
demonstrated in Call’s way of life.
At the council meeting, Det. Justin Baker was promoted to the rank of Detective Corporal,
pinned by his wife, Mandie, and Chief Drumond. He joined the Vinton Police Dept. in 2020.