Steve M. Hudson
Served as Chief from 2013-2016
Chief Hudson became a Prince William County resident in the 1970s and served on the Police Department for 34 years. In that time, he held many positions within the Department and was in a command-level role since 2000. Chief Hudson served as a patrol officer and detective before rising through the ranks, first becoming a sergeant then first sergeant supervising units in the Juvenile Bureau, the Criminal Justice Academy and the Patrol Bureau. He also served in line functions as a SWAT team leader and an Academy instructor. Chief Hudson was promoted to lieutenant and then to captain, tasked with overseeing command in the Special Operations, Internal Affairs, and Vice/Narcotics Bureaus. In 2008, he was promoted to a senior executive level of the Department as Assistant Chief in charge of the Operations Division, and then the Criminal Investigations Division, before becoming chief in 2013.
Chief Hudson retired from the Police Department in March 2016.
Charlie T. Deane
Served as Chief from 1988-2013
Chief Deane was one of the longest standing police chiefs in the country, serving as the Chief for the Prince William County Police Department for over 24 years. During that time, Deane oversaw numerous investigations, such as the D.C. Sniper Case, the East Coast Rapist Case, and the County’s handling of the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Issue that has become a hallmark of good policing. Deane was one of the original officers of the Police Department when he transferred from the Virginia State Police to the newly formed Police Department as a detective in 1970.
Under Deane's leadership, the Police Department grew to more than 580 sworn and 300 civilians and gained a sterling reputation under his guidance, whose own reputation has grown to a national level.
Chief Deane retired from the Police Department in September 2012.
George T. Owens
Served as Chief from 1970-1988
Passed March 11, 2016
Chief Owens was named the founding police Chief at the Department’s inception in July 1970. Prior to his service with Prince William County, Chief Owens served three years in the United States Army, from 1950 to 1953. He joined the Virginia State Police in June 1953, reaching the ranks of trooper, investigator, and sergeant before leaving to become the County’s Police Chief in July 1970. At that time, the Department was composed of 40 officers, two commanders, eight dispatchers, and two secretaries; and had a budget of $750,000. When Chief Owens retired, the Department grew substantially to 268 officers, 74 civilian staff members, 95 part-time crossing guards, and 22 animal control employees with an annual budget in excess of $16,000,000. Chief Owens was influential in the guidance and success of the Department through this growth. Prince William County’s Public Safety Communications Center was dedicated in his honor in 1988.
During his tenure as Chief, the Prince William County Police Department became the 55th fully accredited agency in the nation and the 11th in Virginia in 1987. That same year, the Department received the Governor’s Community Crime Prevention award, the first ever issued to the Department.
Chief Owens was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and received Prince William County’s first “Manager of the Year” award in 1987 in recognition of his effectiveness as a manager and leader of the Police Department. He was also a charter member of the Northern Virginia Crime Clinic and served as a Deacon at the Dale City Baptist Church.
Chief Owens retired from the Police Department in July 1988. He passed away of natural causes in March 2016 at the age of 85.