Chief of Police
The Chief of Police, Chief Chris Jenkins, is the commanding officer of the Department and provides efficient and effective police services to the residents and visitors of the Town of Culpeper. The Chief is responsible for the planning and direction of all Department activities and is the final authority in all matters of policy, operations, and discipline.
Chief Jenkins has been the Chief of Culpeper Police Department since his appointment in June 2010. A Culpeper native, Chief Jenkins began his law enforcement career in 1977 at the age of 18 as a dispatcher for the Culpeper Police Department. In 1979 he became a certified police officer and since then has served in all facets of the department while attaining the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Prior to his appointment, Chief Jenkins served as Interim Police Chief in 2001, 2007, and finally before his appointment in 2010. In 2014, Chief Jenkins was awarded the Culpeper Victim/Witness Advocacy Award which is given to those who ensure the safety and rights of victims and witnesses of crime.
Chief Jenkins is a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He graduated from Culpeper County High School in 1977, and is a graduate of the University of Richmond Professional Leadership School and Virginia Teach Leadership in Changing Times. Chief Jenkins is a current member of the Professional Executive Leadership School Alumni Association. He is also a graduate of the 218th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2004 and is a current member of the FBI National Academy Associates. Chief Jenkins currently serves on the Germanna Community College’s Protective Services Advisory Council. He has served as the Executive Chairman of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy, located in Weyers Cave, Virginia, as well as served as Chairman of the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force.
Major Settle oversees the agency’s the Support Division and the Body-Worn Camera Program. The Support Division includes Police Administration and Records Center. They provide support services to the Chief, Operations Division, and Investigations Division. They handle record management, record requests, logistics, department grants, policy maintenance, and fleet management, among other areas. They are also responsible for produces internal and external publications such as the Annual Report.
Major Settle has been with the Town of Culpeper Police Department since 1997 when he started as a Police Officer. He is a life-long resident of Culpeper and graduate from Culpeper County High School in 1992. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 1997. Major Settle also complete post-graduate programs through the Virginia Chiefs of Police Foundation, to include the Institute on Leadership in Changing Times at Virginia Tech University, and the Professional Executive Leadership School at University of Richmond’s school of Business. Major Settle also attended the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Academy in 2003 in Richmond, Virginia.
Major Settle has worked in various roles and capacities within the Culpeper Police Department, and obtained the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and Captain prior to obtaining the rank of Major in 2015. Major Settle served as an assistant to the agency’s Accreditation Manager from 2005-2011 and now serves as the agency’s Accreditation Manager. He oversaw the agency’s reaccreditation in 2014 and 2017. Major Settle also serves as a CALEA Assessor and Team Leader since 2008, assessing other professional law enforcement agencies across the country.
Captain Tim Chilton oversees the Operations Division and the Narcan Program. The Operations Division encompasses Patrol Operations, Community Policing, and Investigations. These divisions are responsible for answering all regular calls for service, investigating major crimes and criminal trends, and targeted investigations of criminal activity. They are also responsible for community outreach, public education, special events, and Public Information. This division also encompasses the seasonal park attendants and the Analyst/Investigation Support.
Captain Chilton has been with the Town of Culpeper Police Department since 1997 as a patrolman. After rising through the ranks as a sergeant and lieutenant, in 2015 he became the Operations Captain. Captain Chilton has served as a task force officer with the DEA, ATF, and the Virginia State Police. He was instrumental in forming the Culpeper Police Department’s Street Crimes Task Force and has served as the Emergency Response Team Commander.
Captain Chilton is a board member to several regional outreach groups that focus on drug addiction and homelessness. He is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, The Institute for Leadership in Changing Times at Virginia Tech, and the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy of leadership. Captain Chilton has received numerous commendations from Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, and the Culpeper Police Department. In 2003, Captain Chilton was named in a Virginia State Senate Resolution in recognition for his efforts as a member of the Virginia State Police Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force.