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Alexandria deputy police chief resigns to take new job in Huntersville

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Cleveland Spruill will leave his position as Deputy Chief of the Alexandria Police Department to become the new chief of the 93 member (83 sworn officers and 10 civilians) Huntersville Police Department.

Chief Spruill brings more than 26 years of law enforcement experience to Huntersville. He began his career in law enforcement with the Alexandria Police Department in August 1987. During his tenure, he held assignments in all of its four major bureaus, was promoted to deputy chief in June 2006 and last served as the commander of the Investigations Bureau. Prior to his assignment to the Investigations Bureau, Chief Spruill headed the Patrol Operations Bureau and oversaw the design and implementation of the department’s Strategic Response System (SRS) model of policing. This model of policing is credited with helping the City achieve 40-year record low crime rates and marked improvements to citizens’ quality of life.

Chief Spruill is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Academy for Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police and of the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) at the Robins School of Business (University of Richmond). Chief Spruill holds an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Northern Virginia Community College and a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University.

“Deputy Chief Spruill is a capable, talented and committed law enforcement professional. He will be an outstanding chief for Huntersville,” said Alexandria City Manager Rashad M. Young when notified of Chief Spruill’s departure.

Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson was pleased that a new police chief has finally been selected. "We engaged in an exhaustive nationwide search for the new chief. Throughout the process, Chief Spruill established himself as a standout among other outstanding candidates and we are confident that he is exceptionally qualified to lead the Police Department."

Chief Spruill will begin in his new role as Huntersville Police Chief on May 5, 2014.

Source: City of Alexandria

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