Office of the Chief

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Jeffrey Dodson, Chief of Police  

Jeff Dodson is the Chief of Police for the Radford City Police Department. Dodson started with the Radford City Police Department in January 2020. As the Chief of Police in Radford, Jeff oversees police operations, 911 communications and animal control. Prior to coming to Radford, Chief Dodson grew up in Culpeper, Virginia. Chief started his career in Culpeper area law
enforcement. Chief Dodson spent time with both the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and Culpeper Police Department. At the Sheriff’s Office, Dodson worked in the jail and court security divisions. Chief Dodson was also a hostage negotiator with the Sheriff’s Office. Dodson held a wide variety of assignments during his career at the Culpeper Police Department including K-9, Detective Sergeant, ICAC investigator, Crash Reconstruction team, and various accreditation duties. Chief Dodson has supervised patrol, investigation, administration, and street crimes functions at Culpeper PD. In Culpeper, Dodson served on the Culpeper Human Services Board, United Way Impact committee, and was very involved within his community. Chief Dodson strongly believes in collaboration with community partners and the principles of 21st Century Policing. Since coming to Radford, Jeff has advocated for enhancing community policing initiatives and working with community stakeholders to improve public safety in the City of Radford. Chief Dodson holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, a Bachelors degree in Management from Bluefield College, is a graduate of the University of Richmond’s Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS)-39th session, and a graduate of the FBI’s National Command Course (NCC)-Session 1. In addition to his law enforcement career, Chief Dodson worked part-time as a 911 dispatcher with the Orange County E-911 Center for 7 years.

Chief Dodson serves as the treasurer for the Radford Youth Adult Partnership (RYAP) executive board, Cardinal Criminal Justice Training Academy executive board, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Ethics committee, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Alarm Management committee, and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Crime Prevention committee. Chief Dodson serves as a Director at Large for the Virginia APCO Executive Board and is the current chairman for the training committee. Dodson is a member of the VACP, IACP, FBI-LEEDA,Montgomery-Radford-Floyd NAACP, and New River Valley Fraternal Order of Police. Additionally, Chief Dodson works part-time as a Assessor Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and travels around the country evaluating law enforcement agencies to ensure that they are meeting required national accreditation standards.

Chief Dodson is married with three children. He and his family reside in the City of Radford.