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Message from the Chief

 

 Barry M. Barnard
 Chief of Police
 5036 Davis Ford Road
 Woodbridge, VA 22192
 bbarnard@pwcgov.org
 703-792-6650

 Biography
 Our Mission & Values
 Quick Facts

 

Colonel 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. Chief Barnard is aided in his efforts by Deputy Chief Steven J. Thompson.

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.

2016 Annual Report | 2017 Crime Report | 2016 Citizen Survey

 


Chief's Biography

Police Chief Barry Barnard was named Police Chief effective June 28, 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 was 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.

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 Steven J. Thompson
 Deputy Chief of Police
 5036 Davis Ford Road
 Woodbridge, VA 22192
 sthompson@pwcgov.org
 703-792-6650

 

 

Deputy Chief's Biography

Steven J. Thompson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on October 29, 2016. Lieutenant Colonel Thompson has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, having been hired by the New York City Police Department in 1990. In 1996, he began his career with the Prince William County Police Department as a patrol officer assigned to the Operations Division. Lieutenant Colonel Thompson has also served as an instructor at the Criminal Justice Academy, a Patrol squad supervisor, a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division, a Watch Commander in the Eastern District and as a Commander of the Western District and Special Operations Bureau. In 2013, Thompson was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Assistant Chief for the Criminal Investigations Division.

Lieutenant Colonel Thompson holds a master's degree in Management with a Leadership Focus from National-Louis University and a bachelor's degree in Finance and Banking from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Thompson is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service (LEAD), the Police Executive Development Basic (POLEX) at the Pennsylvania State University/Northeast Counterdrug Training Center, the Institute for Leadership in Changing Times at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation's Professional Executive Leadership School.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Prince William County Police Department is to enhance the quality of life by providing police services through shared responsibility with the public.

 

Values Statement

The Prince William County Police Department is responsible for protecting constitutional guarantees and impartially enforcing the law.

We believe that integrity is the basis of public trust and that honesty and equality in the delivery of police services is essential.

We commit ourselves to uphold these values and to foster cooperation and respect within our community.

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Quick Facts

Here are some "quick" facts about the Prince William County Police Department:

  • Total FY 2019 adopted budget:  $107,421,982
  • Total FY 2019 staffing:  886 (686 sworn)
  • Calls for Service (2017): 217,306
  • Annual Training totals (2017):  73,632 hours (recruit training); 54,346 hours (annual in-service training); 11,382 hours (firearms training)
  • County Population (July 2017): 456,126
  • Former Police Chiefs

FYI19 Budget is effective July 1, 2018

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