Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Program; AAS, Thomas Nelson Community College; BA, St. Leo College; MS, Virginia Commonwealth University

Chief  (Ret) Doug Davis started his career with the Williamsburg, Virginia Police Department in 1977.  While with Williamsburg, Chief Davis served as a Police Officer, Investigator, Lieutenant, Major of the Uniform Division and Major of Support Services.  The Chief’s responsibilities included general patrol duties; investigation of all types of crimes from bad checks to double homicide; managing a patrol shift and teaching at the academy; managing the uniform division to include scheduling, special assignments, special events, policy development, dignitary protection and training; managing the 911 Center, technology and strategic planning.  While with Williamsburg Chief Davis graduated from the 198th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

In 2003, Chief Davis was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia where he was responsible for all aspects of policing. While with Waynesboro, Chief Davis discovered his love of teaching as an Adjunct Professor for Blue Ridge Community College.  As the Chairman of the Comprehensive Gang Model Program, for Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro, a relationship was developed with Mary Baldwin when the Sociology Department was contracted to do statistical analysis of the Program’s surveys.  That relationship developed into a full time faculty position after his retirement in 2011.

Chief Davis is Past President of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police; Past Chairman of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation; President of the Virginia Association of Criminal Educators; Past President of the Central Shenandoah Association of Chiefs of Police.  Chief Davis has served on many local, state and federal law enforcement committees throughout his career and is a member of numerous professional associations including a Lifetime Membership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Saint Leo’s College and a Masters in Justice and Risk Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Chief Davis is also a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School sponsored by the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation at the University of Richmond and the Leading, Educating and Developing Program with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

Chief Davis is married to his high school sweetheart and they have 3 successful children and 5 grandchildren.  He enjoys woodworking, home improvement, reading, music, hunting, camping, photography, flying model aircraft, traveling, his Beagle Emma and recently, skydiving.

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