County Names Acting Police Chief

Barry Barnard to replace Police Chief Charlie Dean when he retires Sept. 1.

Deputy Police Chief Lt. Col. Barry Barnard has been named Acting Police Chief effective Sept. 1, Prince William County announced Thursday morning. 

Last week, current announced his retirement effective Sept. 1, 2012.

"Barnard has been a member of the Prince William County Police Department since 1976, and has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience," a release from the county said. "He has been 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."

The release said Barnard has a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University and 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," reads the release.

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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Joe George August 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Cheif Dean will be sorely missed, but I'm sure he has Deputy Chief Barnard up and ready for the challenge. I don't care what anybody says, he and the Department has done as much as they could to improve this PWC.
john westerlund August 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Mr. Deane will be a hard man to replace. I can't think of a better police dept. than pwc. I've been a resident for 25 years and hardly ever heard of a complaint about the police. This is also taken into consideration that we have come from a rural then a suburban and what i would consider urban environment now. I hope Mr Barnard is as great as Chief Deane.
Joe George August 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
John, being a native New Yorker and only have moved to the county 9 years ago, I'm not in total agreement with you. :) I feel he handled the controversy of enforcing the immigration policy the best way he could, even creating meetings to the immigrant community to assist in helping them understand the policy and they way they were going to enforce it. He actually had people on both sides upset at him for doing it that way, but I think it helped the community come closer together, instead of having everyone in fear.


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