Deputy Chief Patrick L. Gallagher commands the Professional Standards Division, which includes the Professional Development and Training Command, Internal Affairs and the Accreditation Office. He was born in Fort Huachuca Arizona in 1964; however, he was raised in Northern Virginia where he graduated from Gar-Field High School in 1983. He joined the Virginia Beach Police Department on September 17, 1990
Deputy Chief Gallagher began his Law Enforcement career in 1983 after joining the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps. His military assignments included the 218th MP Company, Augsburg Germany and the 555th MP Company at Fort Lee, Virginia in 1985. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Criminal Justice in 1990 and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University (2004). He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1999, the rank of Lieutenant in 2004, the rank of Captain in 2010, where he commanded the 2nd and 4th Precincts and was appointed to his current rank of Deputy Chief on January 7, 2016.
Deputy Chief Gallagher has held several other assignments, to include; Criminal Investigations, Special Operations (Mounted Patrol), and CALEA Accreditation Manager. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (class 244) and holds several law enforcement certifications. He is a current adjunct college instructor at Tidewater Community College. Deputy Chief Gallagher has been instrumental in forging strong police-community ties. In 2012 he conducted research that lead to historical recognition of the first African-American police officers to serve Princess Anne County and later the City of Virginia Beach.