Barry M. Barnard
Acting Chief of Police
1 County Complex Court (MC 475)
Prince William VA 22192
Acting Chief Barry M. Barnard is the commanding officer of the Prince William County Police Department, and is committed to providing efficient and interactive police service to the residents of Prince William County. Chief Barnard is responsible for the planning and direction of all Department activities, and is the final authority in all matters of policy operations and discipline.
The mission of the Prince William County Police Department is to enhance the quality of life of our residents by providing police services through shared responsibility with the public. The more than 845 members of this department - sworn and civilian - accomplish our mission by embodying our values in both our professional and personal lives, and through accountability to our citizens.
We believe that integrity is the basis of public trust, and that honesty and equality in delivery of police services is essential. This has been a hallmark of our Department since its inception and we are proud of our standing in the community.
Deputy Police Chief Lt. Col. Barry Barnard has been named Acting Police Chief effective April 1, 2016. Chief of Police Steve Hudson announced his retirement effective March 31, 2016.
Barnard has been a member of the Prince William County Police Department since 1976, and has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. He has been Deputy Chief of Police since 2009, and served as Assistant Chief of Police from 2000 to 2009 as a Commander of both the Operations and Administrative Divisions.
Barnard is a graduate of George Mason University with a master's degree in Public Administration. In addition, he has a bachelor's degree in Criminology from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy; the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute; the University of Richmond Professional Executive Leadership School and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute.
Barnard is a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Alumni and the Police Executive Research Forum.