Chief of Police
Chief of Police, D. A. Middleton
Chief Douglas A. Middleton was sworn in as a police officer with Henrico County on November 29, 1972. He has been promoted through the ranks within the Police Division to his current position, where he serves as Chief of Police. He has served in Patrol, the Special Action Force, as a Pilot in the Aviation Unit, Police Personnel Investigator and Unit Commander, Inspectional Services, Police Planning Unit Commander, and the Commanding Officer, Communications & Records Section. He served as Assistant Chief of Police over Support Operations. Prior to his appointment to Chief of Police, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Police and served as Second in Command of the agency for nearly fourteen years.
He is a graduate of Henrico County’s Hermitage High School, and he has an Associate’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Management. He is a graduate of the 86th Session of the Administrative Officers Course, Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Kentucky; the Police Executive Leadership School of the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond; and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. He is also graduate of the 200th Session of the Dignitary Protection School conducted by the Secret Service; the Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS) conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Executive Explosive Ordinance Device Training School at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, also conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2012, Chief Middleton graduated from the 35th Session of the FBI’s National Executive’s Institute (NEI) at Quantico.
In 2011 Governor Robert F. McDonnell appointed Chief Middleton to serve as a member of the 911 Services Board, and in 2013 the Governor appointed him to serve on the Campus and School Public Safety Workgroup. In 2011 Chief Middleton was appointed to serve on the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Systems Working Group as the representative for local law enforcement in Virginia. He also serves on the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Sub-Committee.
He has attended FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is a graduate of the twenty-fifth session of Leadership Metro Richmond, and the Henrico County Leadership Development Program. Since 2001 Chief Middleton has served as an Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
In addition to being a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Chief Middleton is a member of the IACP Aviation Committee. He is also a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as treasurer of the Virginia Police Chief’s Foundation. He is a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Officers Association and a member of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association (SPIAA) and a Past President of the Virginia Chapter of SPIAA. He is also a member of the Police Executive Leadership School (PELS) Alumni Association and the Law Enforcement Executive Development School Alumni (LEEDA) association.
Having been a Rotarian since 2000, he has served as a Board member and President of the West Richmond Rotary Club in Henrico County and serves as a Board Member for the Club’s foundation. He is also a member of West End Assembly of God and has served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, as well as various other leadership roles in the church.
Prior to his employment as a police officer, Chief Middleton served in the United States Army, as a helicopter crew member and radio operator. He was assigned to the 229th assault helicopter battalion in Viet Nam where his duties included aerial radio direction finding. For his service in Viet Nam, he received the permanent award of Flight Wings, two Bronze Stars, fourteen awards of the Air Medal for Combat Missions, and the Air Medal with V device for Heroism in aerial flight.