Tonya D. Chapman
Chief of Police

Chief Tonya Chapman’s professional career in law enforcement spans over 29 years. She currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Portsmouth Police Department, becoming Virginia’s first African American female chief of a municipal police department. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Police, Chief Chapman served for two years as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Chapman previously served for almost three years as Deputy Chief of Police with the Richmond Police Department and the Interim Director for the Richmond Department of Social Services for approximately 9 months. Chief Chapman began her career as a Police Officer in 1989 with the Arlington County Police Department, and progressed through the ranks, becoming Arlington’s first African American female captain in the history of the department. Her leadership experience includes the areas of operations, managing patrol deployment, emergency management, criminal investigations, forensic investigations, fiscal management, human resources, policy development, project management, strategic planning, employee development, community policing, public relations, and school resources.

Chief Chapman’s educational background includes current enrollment as a student in the Doctor of Philosophy program at Virginia Tech. Her field of study is Public Administration and Policy with a concentration in Homeland Security. In addition, she holds a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science, all from Virginia Tech.

In 2017, Chief Chapman was appointed as Chair of the Criminal Justice Service Board by Governor McAuliffe. She is the immediate Past-President of the Hampton Roads Chief of Police Association. Her professional organizational memberships include the International Association of Chief of Police, the Virginia Chiefs of Police Association and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Links, Inc.

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