Chief of Police
In September 2007, John I. Dixon, III was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Petersburg, VA. When he stepped into the role as Top Cop he brought with him a well thought out plan of action. During his first 2 years as Police Chief he has spearheaded some extraordinary changes. Among them are; putting the right people in the right positions, increasing police salaries, increasing manpower, the implementation of measurable crime prevention and intervention strategies, development of key relationships with other law enforcement agencies, better communications between the citizens and the Bureau, increased media coverage and increased grant funding. His plan included bringing motorcycle policing to the City and adding a transportation vehicle for arrestees, thus freeing up officers so they do not have to leave their respective patrol and allowing them to remain in service to the city. He has put into place directives that effectively increase officer involvement in their assigned areas, giving them ownership in helping to keep their beat safe. Under his guidance the department has implemented electronic mediums to increase officer effectiveness by establishing mobile data reporting from assigned police vehicles, again reducing the officer’s time away from their patrol and increasing the speed and accuracy of daily incident reports. Using analytical means to plan, attack and eradicate crime hot spots throughout the city. And there is much more yet to come.
Born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Chief Dixon served with the City of Richmond Police Department for 23 years prior to accepting the post at Petersburg. While in Richmond, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Highland Park Restoration and Preservation Group, Boys and Girls Club and the NAACP Youth Council . He is a proven top performer with a track record of professional accomplishments and a noted top selection for challenging assignments. Chief Dixon is a results-oriented leader who is highly effective both within the police department and the community at-large. He is an active member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and past President of the Central Virginia Chapter of NOBLE, chairman of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee and has garnered the respect of subordinates, peers and supervisors alike.
‘I believe that a community-oriented policing philosophy offers personalized service to our citizens, encourages participation, volunteerism and allows all of us the opportunity to use creative ideas to address the concerns of the community. This has been very successful during the last several years and I look forward to promising new successes’.
EDUCATION and CERTIFICATES
Virginia Commonwealth University Pursuing Masters, Public Administration, since 2000
St. Paul’s College Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Management, 1994
J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College Associate Degree, Administration of Justice, 1982
Managed recovery of over $800,000 in city revenue
Developed Richmond Safe Training Apartment Registration
Developed First Bike School for Richmond
Largest heroin seizure in the Commonwealth of VA