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Police Department
Organization Structure

Office of the CHIEF OF POLICE

The Chief of Police, Colonel Peter Newsham, with the assistance of Lieutenant Colonel Jarad Phelps, is the commanding officer of the Department and has the obligation to provide efficient and effective police services to the residents and visitors of Prince William County. The Chief of Police 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 Chief of Police also oversees all bureaus under the Department's four divisions as outlined below. To view the bureau-level organizational chart, please click here.

Falling within the Office of the Chief are the Chief of Staff, the Office of Professional Standards, and the Public Information Office.

  • The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Dave Burghart, oversees the daily operations of the Chief's Office, and serves as the commander of the Peer Support Team and the Department's community engagement and communication efforts including crime prevention programs and community liaison needs. The Chief of Staff leads, facilitates or monitors assigned special projects and represents the Office of the Chief on committees.
  • The Office of Professional Standards, headed by Captain Camille Van Antwerp, investigates allegations of misconduct by Department personnel and all use-of-force incidents. This office also oversees Accreditation and Policy Services, the Body-Worn Camera Program, and responses to Department received FOIA requests. To learn more about filing a compliment or complaint, please click here.
  • The Public Information Office, headed by First Sergeant Jonathan Perok, is responsible for coordinating press releases to the news media concerning Department activities and criminal incidents, maintaining the Department’s website and social media presence, and producing internal and external publications such as the Annual Report. To learn more about this office, 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 Tom 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 Kara Bonkoski, is responsible for fiscal services, budget development, compensation, benefits, police purchasing, and accounts payable.
  • The Information Technology Management Bureau, headed by Lieutenant Javid 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 Dawn Harman, provides support services to the Office of the Chief and other divisions. Falling within the Support Services Division are the Administrative Services Bureau, Animal Control Bureau, Criminal Justice Academy, and the Personnel Bureau.

  • The Administrative Services Bureau, headed by Captain Jacques Poirier, handles all evidence and property coming into the possession of the Department, Criminal Records, Licensing Services, Forensic Services, Logistics, and Fleet Management, among other areas.
  • The Animal Control Bureau, headed by Bureau Chief Anthony 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 Phil Cecere, conducts all basic, in-service, and leadership training for police officer candidates and certified police officers, including firearms and emergency vehicle operations. The academy 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 Captain James Carr, is responsible for the recruiting, processing, and selection of applicants to the Department, physical examinations, and supervision of the polygraph function. The bureau also oversees the Department's Crisis Intervention services including the Co-Responder Unit and the Wellness & Resiliency needs, which includes the Chaplain Program and the Peer Fitness Team. To learn more about our job opportunities, please click here.

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

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The Operations Division, headed by Major Shana Hrubes, 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 and parking enforcement needs at the district level. 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 Central District headed by Captain Erik Barnhart, the Eastern District headed by Captain Joe Robinson, and the Western District headed Captain Tom Garrity. 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 Eileen Welsh, manages the activities of the Department’s specialized operational units which include the Bike Team, Crash Investigation Unit, Crossing Guard Unit, K-9 Unit, SWAT Team, Traffic Enforcement Unit (Motors), and the Emergency Management Coordinator. The Division also manages part-time teams and units including: the Civil Disturbance Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Command One Team, Honor Guard Team, Horse Mounted Patrol Unit, Incident Management Team, Marine Unit, Search and Rescue Team, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Team, part-time SWAT Team, and Underwater Search and Recovery Team. 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 Kevin Hughart, with the assistance of Captain Neil Miller and Captain Bryan Simms, investigates major criminal offenses and manages the Department's juvenile education programs. Falling within the Criminal Investigations Division is the Property Crimes Bureau, Special Investigations Bureau, Special Victims Bureau, Violent Crimes Bureau, and the Youth Services Bureau.

  • The Property Crimes Bureau, headed by Lieutenant Chris Meurer, investigates major offenses against property such as burglaries, larcenies, vehicle theft, and identity-fraud crimes. The Digital Forensics Unit and telephone and online reporting services also falls under this bureau.
  • The Special Investigations Bureau, headed by Lieutenant Jeff Sheldon, investigates drugs, gambling, prostitution, street-level crimes, 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 Special Victims Bureau, headed by Lieutenant Jamie Pavol, investigates major offenses against persons such as rapes, sexual assaults, and domestic violence complaints. The bureau also works with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force to investigate crimes involving children, including child pornography.
  • The Violent Crimes Bureau, headed by Lieutenant Matt McCauley, investigates major offenses against persons such as robbery, homicide, aggravated assaults, missing persons, and the Department's intelligence gathering efforts. The Crime Analysis Unit also falls under this bureau.
  • The Youth Services Bureau, headed by Lieutenant Craig Lawhead, 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.

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

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