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Edwin Roessler Jr.

Chief of Police

Fairfax County Police Department


With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr. serves as the Chief of Police of the Fairfax County Police Department. Colonel Roessler was appointed Chief of Police on July 30, 2013. Colonel Roessler previously served as Deputy Chief of Patrol managing crime fighting efforts across all eight district stations. One of Colonel Roessler’s first actions as Police Chief was to form the Chief’s Council on Diversity Recruitment. The Council engages community leaders to guide and advise the Chief and the Department’s leadership team on how to achieve recruitment goals and better represent our culturally diverse communities within the sworn, civilian, and volunteer workforce; while also creating and nurturing a robust dialogue with all communities served. The strategic plan for diversity recruitment embraces the Department’s ongoing goal of improving engagement with the community to prevent and fight crime, improve the culture of safety both internally and in the community, and to keep pace with urbanization.

Colonel Roessler’s prior senior command assignments included the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Criminal Justice Academy, the Administrative Support Bureau, and a Patrol Bureau division. Colonel Roessler currently serves as a senior advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its International Police Education and Training program in partnership with the United States Department of State and the American University.

Colonel Roessler received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his graduate degree from the George Washington University. Colonel Roessler has graduated from a variety of professional development programs including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute and National Academy, the American University’s Key Executive Graduate Program, the United States Military Academy West Point Leadership Program, and Leadership Fairfax. Colonel Roessler’s professional affiliations include the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the FBI National Academy Associates. Colonel Roessler was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the FBI National Executive Institute and he was named the FBI Director’s Chairman for converting policing to a new crime classification (NIBRS). Colonel Roessler has also been appointed Chairman of Special Olympics for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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