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About the Police Chief, City of Falls Church, VA

Mary GavinMary Gavin was appointed Chief of Police Nov. 9, 2012 upon the retirement of former Chief Harry Reitze. Prior to her appointment, Gavin served as the City's Deputy Chief, where she oversaw the City's Operations Division, Internal Affairs, and supervised the Commander of Services since 2007.

Gavin joined the City after 21 years with the Arlington County Police Department. Through her many years with Arlington, Gavin worked her way through the ranks. She joined the Department in March 1986 as a patrol officer and, among her many roles, served as training officer, instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, school resource officer and supervisor, sergeant, lieutenant, commander of various divisions, and an active player in strategic planning.

She has a strong record of community policing, developing innovative policing strategies, and leading and mentoring officers. She created Arlington's first Youth Police Academy along with many other initiatives to foster strong ties between public safety personnel and the community.

Gavin played an active role in Arlington's 9/11 response. She established the staffing command for police operations, managed mutual aid requests, contributed to the published after action report for the Pentagon response, and gave presentations on lessons learned. She served as Commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit, leading officers detailed to presidential inaugurations, IMF World Bank demonstrations, and other demonstrations. She was a member of the Arlington Youth Collaborative; served on the Executive Board Committee, Law Enforcement Committee, and Budget Committee of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; and was chair of the Arlington Police Memorial Committee.

Gavin earned a bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement from Eastern Kentucky University and has completed numerous professional development courses, among which include completion of the Council of Governments-George Washington University Certified Public Manager Program in 2004 and graduation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in 2005. She has been recognized with many public service wards for her innovation and commitment to public safety.
Monday, April 21, 2014
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