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