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Police Department
Organization Structure

Office of the CHIEF OF POLICE

The Chief of Police, Colonel B.M. Barnard, is the commanding officer of the Department and, with the assistance of the Deputy Chief, Lieutenant Colonel S.J. Thompson, he has the obligation to provide efficient and effective police services to the residents and visitors of Prince William County. The Chief is responsible for the planning and direction of all Department activities and is the final authority in all matters of policy, operations and discipline. Falling within the Office of the Chief are the Public Information Office and the Office of Professional Standards.

  • The Public Information Office, headed by Sergeant J.L. Perok, is responsible for coordinating press releases to the news media concerning Department activities and criminal incidents, maintaining the Department’s web site and social media presence, and produces internal and external publications such as the Annual Report. To learn more about this office, please click here.
  • The Office of Professional Standards, headed by Captain C.A. Van Antwerp, investigates allegations of misconduct by Department personnel and all use-of-force incidents. This office also oversees Accreditation and Policy Services, as well as, the Body-Worn Camera Program. To learn more about filing a compliment or complaint, please click here.

To view the Office of the Chief organization chart, please click here.

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Pulaski.Thomas 590.jpgThe Financial and Technical Services Division is headed by Administrative Division Chief T.J. Pulaski. Falling within the Financial and Technical Services Division are the Fiscal and Policy Management Bureau and the Information Technology Management Bureau. Planning, Research, and Facility Services also falls under this Division.

  • The Fiscal and Policy Management Bureau, headed by Administrative Manager K.G. Bonkoski, is responsible for fiscal services, budget development, compensation, benefits, police purchasing, and accounts payable.
  • The Information Technology Management Bureau, headed by Lieutenant J.C. Elahi, is responsible for mobile data computer application and software support services, computer aided dispatch and records management systems application support services, mobile data wireless application and desk side support, and GIS applications services.

To view the Financial and Technical Services Division organization chart, please click here.

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Harman, Dawn M.jpgThe Support Services Division, headed by Major D.M. Harman, provides support services to the Office of the Chief, the Financial & Technical Services Division, the Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. Falling within the Support Services Division are the Administrative Services Bureau, the Personnel Bureau, the Animal Control Bureau, the Criminal Justice Academy, and the Wellness and Resiliency Unit.

  • The Administrative Services Bureau, headed by Captain J.J. Poirier, handles all evidence and property coming into the possession of the Department, Records, Licensing, Forensic Services, Logistics, and Fleet Management, among other areas.
  • The Animal Control Bureau, headed by Bureau Division Chief A.A. Cleveland, oversees the enforcement animal welfare laws, conducts animal education seminars, houses stray and unwanted animals in a clean and safe environment, and coordinates the adoption of housed animals. To learn more about our Animal Shelter, please click here.
  • The Criminal Justice Academy, headed by Captain E.J. Barnhart, conducts all basic and in-service training for police officer candidates and police officers, as well as leadership training for Police Department personnel. It also coordinates citizen training such as the Citizen Police Academy. To learn more about our Training Academy, please click here.
  • The Personnel Bureau, headed by Lieutenant E.M. Welsh, is responsible for the recruiting, processing, and selection of applicants to the Department, coordination of police volunteers and the career development program, Department physical examinations, and supervision of the polygraph function. To learn more about our job opportunities, please click here.
  • The Wellness & Resiliency Unit, headed by Lieutenant T.D. Van Horn, oversees the Chaplain Program, Peer Support Team, and serves as a liaison to the Public Safety Resilience Center that provides services to members of the Police Department, Department of Fire & Rescue, and the Office of Public Safety Communications.   

To view the Support Services Division organization chart, please click here.

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Phelps, Jarad L.jpgThe Operations Division, headed by Major J.L. Phelps, is responsible for maintaining police officers in constant operational readiness for immediate response to any call for service requiring police presence. Nearly two-thirds of the Department’s personnel are assigned to the Operations Division, which includes the Patrol Services Bureau, and the Special Operations Bureau.

  • The Patrol Services Bureau provides 24-hour patrol officer coverage throughout the County. Patrol officers are generally the first response to any type of police call for service and are prepared to respond to any emergency. The Bureau is divided into three patrol districts, the Eastern District headed by Captain C.P. Feather, the Western District headed Captain P.J. Cecere, and the Central District headed by Captain J.L. Carr. To learn more about our patrol service districts, please click here.
To view the Patrol Services Bureau organization charts, please click one of the following links:
  • The Special Operations Bureau, headed by Captain S.A. Vago, manages the activities of the Department’s specialized operational units which include the Crash Investigation Unit, K-9 Unit, SWAT Team, Traffic Unit, the Community Engagement Section encompassing the Crime Prevention Unit and Special Liaison Unit, the Bike Team, Emergency Management Coordinator, and the Crossing Guard Section. The Division also manages part-time units including: the Mounted Patrol Unit, Search & Rescue Team, the Honor Guard Team, the SWAT Team, the Crisis Negotiation Team, the Incident Management Team, the Command One Team, the Underwater Search & Recovery Team, the Civil Disturbance Team, and the Marine Unit. To learn more about our specialty units, please click here.

To view the Special Operations Bureau organization chart, please click here.

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Hughart, Kevin L.jpgThe Criminal Investigations Division, headed by Major K.L Hughart, with the assistance of Captain S.A. Hrubes and Captain B.W. Simms, investigates major criminal offenses and manages the Department's juvenile education programs. Falling within the Criminal Investigations Division is the Special Investigations Bureau, the Violent Crimes Bureau, the Youth Services Bureau, the Special Victims Bureau, and the Property Crimes Bureau.

  • The Property Crimes Bureau, headed by Lieutenant C.S. Lawhead, investigates major offenses against property such as burglaries, larcenies, vehicle theft, and identity-fraud crimes.
  • The Special Victims Bureau, headed by Lieutenant J.M. Pavol, investigates major offenses against persons such as rapes, sexual assaults, and domestic violence complaints.
  • The Youth Services Bureau, headed by Lieutenant S.B. Ash, oversees the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program for the department. This bureau is one of the largest in CID, assigning sworn resource officers to all County middle and high schools. To learn more about our School Resource Officer Program, please click here
  • The Special Investigations Bureau headed by Lieutenant M.J. McCauley, investigates drugs, gambling, prostitution and gang-related crimes. The Bureau is also a member of a regional narcotics task force working on major drug conspiracy cases that affect Prince William County and surrounding areas.
  • The Violent Crimes Bureau, headed by Lieutenant B.P. Crowley, investigates major offenses against persons such as robbery, homicide, aggravated assaults, and missing persons.

To view the Criminal Investigations Division organization chart, please click here.

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Office of Public Safety Communications

The Office of Public Safety Communications (OPSC), headed by Director E.L. Reyes, is responsible for all aspects of communication for public safety employees, including 9-1-1. OPSC is the cornerstone of the County's comprehensive public safety response system. The main objective of the OPSC is to facilitate the flow of information in a seamless and rapid manner, and to provide aid, comfort and instructions to the public prior to the arrival of police and fire and rescue field resources. The Chief of the Department of Fire & Rescue and the Chief of Police make up the Joint Policy Authority (JPA). Each chief has equal authority in the administrative and managerial oversight of the OPSC. Each Chief has three areas of individual responsibility, as required by State law and County ordinances. The Fire Chief retains sole authority for the Office of Emergency Services (OES), Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), and Fire & Rescue Dispatch policy. The Police Chief retains sole authority for the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN), security, and Police Dispatch policy. To learn more about OPSC, please click here.

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