About Sheriff Chapman

WorkingMike Chapman was elected Sheriff, Loudoun County, VA in 2011 and took office January 2012. He directs operations for the largest full-service office in the State of Virginia which handles county-wide law enforcement, the jail and our courts. The Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 750; 600 sworn deputies and 150 civilian personnel. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office serves a population of 350,000 and an area of 519 square miles.

Sheriff Chapman has served on the Governor’s School and Campus Safety Task Force, the National Sheriffs’ Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, and the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association’s Congressional and Legislative Committees. He graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI) and Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA); the National Sheriffs’ Institute, the VA Sheriffs’ Institute, and earned the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Executive certification. He has had articles published in professional periodicals to include the International Chiefs of Police The Police Chief and FBI LEEDA Insighter magazines.

Chapman-FamilySheriff Chapman formerly worked for the Howard County Maryland Police Department in the Divisions of Patrol, SWAT and Criminal Investigations; and for the DEA as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Northern District of California; as Acting Regional Director of the Far East; as DEA’s Chief of Public Affairs; as the Country Attaché for Seoul, Korea; as a Supervisor in McAllen, Texas; and in field assignments in Miami, Tampa, and Pakistan. In the private sector, Sheriff Chapman worked as a Subject Matter Expert on the Global Security/Law Enforcement team with Booz Allen and Hamilton.

Sheriff Chapman is married to the former Ann Rafferty and they have six children and three grandchildren. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, University of Maryland; and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University (Alabama).

Mike's successful
STEP Up Plan

In 2011, Mike campaigned with a specific plan of action and change management call STEP Up. In 2012, STEP Up immediately went into effect and continues to make a positive impact on Loudoun regarding the LCSO in the areas of Service, Technology, Efficiency and Professionalism. The STEP Up plan has evolved as initiatives and goals are met or needs change.

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    One of the most important aspects of the plan as it involves field operations, crime and citizens.

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    Continuous upgrades and advancement in technology and communication.

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    Communication, fiscal responsibility, cost savings and enhanced standards.

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    Encourage and empower senior leaders, reward education, training and performance.


Implementation of Community Outreach

Realtime, up-to-the-minute community outreach.

Since 2012, at the direction of Sheriff Chapman, sharing news from, by or concerning the LCSO has been a key to bridge a former gap in both information disseminated and community policing. Below are a list of initiatives and statistics demonstrating the success and one part of Sheriff Chapman's STEP Up Technology upgrades.

Staff Retention
At its highest

LCSO is nearly 4% under county turnover rate.

The Next Four Years

Forthcoming and planned initiatives.

While Sheriff Chapman's STEP Up plan and initiatives have, through implementation, resulted in many improvements over the past several years (See HERE), the STEP Up program has evolved and will include, but not limited to, the following initiatives: