PRECINCT 444 Podcast

A Podcast of The National Law Enforcement Museum

Sheriff Mike Chapman: A Lifetime of Service


When officers have the support they need there is nothing they can’t achieve.

Our guest Mike Chapman was elected Sheriff, Loudoun County, VA in 2011 and took office January 2012. He was reelected in 2015 and again in 2019. Sheriff Chapman is Vice President of Homeland Security for the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs Association. He also serves on the DARE Law Enforcement Advisory Board and serves as the Co-Chair on the Department of Justice President’s Commission on Law Enforcement Homeland Security Working Group. Sheriff Chapman graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI) and Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA); the US Army War College – National Security and Strategy Seminar (Certificate of Leadership Development); the National Sheriffs’ Institute, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sheriffs’ Institute, and earned the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Executive certification. Sheriff Chapman formerly worked for the Howard County Maryland Police Department in the Divisions of Patrol, SWAT and Criminal Investigations; and for the DEA where he directed all operations throughout the Far East, served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in San Francisco, CA; 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.


“We answer directly to the people.”

 – Sheriff Chapman


Sheriff Mike Chapman’s career as a police officer, DEA agent, sheriff, husband and a father of six would sound exhausting to most, but it is the fuel Sheriff Chapman uses to continue his lifelong journey. He and his family have dedicated their lives to keeping this country safe and that is not hyperbole, it is real. Buckle up for an international law enforcement ride that will not only reaffirm your commitment to supporting these incredible men and women, but it will inspire you to share this episode far and wide, so more people will do the same. Enjoy!


“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

– The Man in the Arena, President Teddy Roosevelt



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I’m Thomas Canavan, the executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum. There is nothing I respect more than people who dedicate their lives to helping others and the opportunity to sit across from these icons of the law enforcement community is one of the highlights of my career. Thanks for listening!


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