During a recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Central District Police Station, Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart told the story of the first time he and retired Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane toured the new station.
Stewart said he asked Deane how he liked the facility, and Deane said it was a "nice building." Stewart said he told Deane that was a good thing. "I said, 'Well good. I'm glad you like it because it's going to get named after you.'"
Stewart went on to say it was fitting that Deane, who served the county for 42 years, including 24 years as chief, to have the 54,200 square-foot station bear his name.
"He led this community through some very, very tough times. Without Chief Deane, we would not have the Police Department we have today. We would not have the level of public safety we have today. We would not have this reputation for integrity and honesty," Stewart said. "On behalf of the Board of County Supervisors and the entire Prince William County community, congratulations Chief Deane. Job well done, and this is very much deserved."
Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson said she and her constituents were glad that the station is in their district. "The Occoquan District is very proud to have this new Central District Police Station in the Occoquan District, and we are so proud to have it named after you Chief Deane."
Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins said it was "exciting" to see the "much-needed Central Police Station come to life."
"It brings our police officers closer to the people that they proudly serve every day. How fitting it is that the station has been named after Chief Charlie Deane, an original member of … the police force, who so honorably served our community for 42 years," said Jenkins.
Current Police Chief Barry Barnard told Deane during the ceremony that the station was named after him because of his guidance over the years. "We really named the station after Chief Deane, the Board did, and the community did, because of… your outstanding leadership and what you taught us."
Barnard also thanked the community and the Board for the station. "I want to thank the community for the Charlie T. Deane Police Station. The community made this happen... It's so important to have the support of the community."
Deane spoke last at the ceremony and thanked his family, as well as the Board. "It's very humbling for me to have served in this department and then to have this named some years later. I'm honored to have served here, and I'm very honored to have this lasting legacy."
The new station is located at 5036 Davis Ford Road and will serve the mid-county, Lake Ridge, Woodbridge and Dale City areas.