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Message from the Acting Chief

 Jarad L. Phelps
 Acting Chief of Police

 5036 Davis Ford Road
 Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Lieutenant Colonel Jarad L. Phelps 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. Acting Chief Phelps 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 dedicated members of this Department 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.


Lieutenant Colonel Phelps is a native of Prince William County and has 23 years of law enforcement experience, beginning his career with the Prince William County Police Department in 1996 as a patrol officer assigned to the Operations Division. Lieutenant Colonel Phelps has also served as a member of the Bike Team, an instructor at the Criminal Justice Academy, a member of S.W.A.T., a member of the Department’s Incident Management Team, a member of the National Capital Region’s Incident Management Team, the Bike Team supervisor, a patrol supervisor, the Deputy District Commander for the Western District Station, a Commander of the Property Crimes Bureau and Special Victims & Youth Services Bureau in the Criminal Investigations Division and a Deputy Commander in the Special Operations Bureau. In 2014, Phelps was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as an Evening Operations Commander, temporarily as a Special Operations Commander and the Director of the Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy overseeing Basic Recruit Training and In-Service continuing education. Phelps was promoted to the rank of Major in 2017 where he served as the Assistant Chief of Operations overseeing patrol services and the Special Operations Bureau.

Lieutenant Colonel Phelps holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from James Madison University.

Phelps is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (FBINA), the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service (LEAD), the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation’s Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS), and the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).


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