Deputy Chief Patrick L. Gallagher - Investigative Division

DC Gallagher.pngPatrick L. Gallagher is a Deputy Chief with the Virginia Beach Police Department. He is currently the Division Commander of the Investigative Division, which includes 205 full time positions and a budget of $18 million to oversee the Detective Bureau, Special Investigations and Forensic Services. 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), Senior Management Institute for Police (session 73), Police Executive Leadership Institute (session 5) and holds several law enforcement certifications. He is a current adjunct college instructor at Tidewater Community College and has been published several times regarding modern policing initiatives and programs. Deputy Chief Gallagher is the co-chair of the Virginia Beach Inclusion and Diversity Council and is a lead instructor for the City’s mandatory Inclusion and Diversity training.  Deputy Chief Gallagher has been instrumental in forging strong police-community ties with members of the African American, Hispanic, Homeless and LGBTQ communities just to name a few. In 2012 he conducted research that led to historical recognition and ceremony of the first African American police officers to serve Princess Anne County and later the City of Virginia Beach. Deputy Chief Gallagher oversaw and helped manage, from an executive level, the VBPD’s criminal investigation into the May 31, 2019 mass shooting in Building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center where 12 innocent people were killed and another 5 were injured. 

Deputy Chief Gallagher has been published 14 times in local and national media source and is currently co-writing a book on the history of the first black police officers in Virginia Beach.

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