Police Chief Chris Jenkins is a Culpeper native, who worked his way through the ranks until being named police chief in June 2010. In 1977, after graduating from Culpeper County High School, he began his law enforcement career at the age of 18 as a dispatcher with the Culpeper Police Department. In 1979, he became a certified police officer. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond PELS and Virginia Tech ILCT. He also graduated from the 218th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2004. Chief Jenkins has led the department through international accreditation through CALEA since 2005. In 2021, the department received its sixth Advanced Accreditation with its first Meritorious Achievement.
Chief Jenkins has served as the Executive Chairman of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy and currently serves on the Executive Committee. He has also served on the Germanna Community College LE Advisory Committee. He is currently an Executive Board Member of the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force. Chief Jenkins currently serves as a board member of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services representing Culpeper County. He also serves on the H.E.A.T. Insurance Fraud Advisory Board and serves on the Culpeper County Community Criminal Justice Board. Chief Jenkins also serves as President of “Team Jordan”, a non-profit organization that brings “Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support for Life”, which was established in 2014. Also in 2014, Chief Jenkins was awarded the Culpeper County Victim/Witness Advocacy Award which is given to those who ensure the safety and rights of victims and witnesses of crime. He is a member of these professional organizations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP); FBI National Academy Alumni Association; NAACP; Culpeper Mid-Day Lions Club.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his children and grandchild. He is a lifetime fan of the Washington Capitals. He is also a proud Washington football season ticket holder. Chris enjoys the game of golf and volunteering in the community.