March 17, 2022

Chief Newsham


March 17, 2022, 7 - 8:30 PM



March 17, 7 - 8:30 PM. Update from PWC Police Chief Peter Newsham--One Year Later. Constant Contact Flyer.

Moderated by C100 board member Brad Marshall (bio below), the Chief will give us an update on what has happened since he spoke to us a year ago. After the Chief's presentation, there will be a moderated Q & A period from questions submitted before and during the presentation.

Chief Newsham GMT2022-03-17-220705_Recording_640x360.mp4

PWC Police Chief

Peter Newsham

Chief Newsham was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Holy Cross, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He has attended numerous police executive trainings and seminars and is actively involved in the Major Cities Chief’s Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. Additionally, he has attended the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) training on Law and Society, and the ADL’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel.

In 1989, Chief Newsham joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., where he served in a number of operational assignments and leadership positions before being named Chief of Police in 2016. Prior to his appointment to Chief of Police with the agency, Chief Newsham served as Assistant Chief of Police Investigative Services Bureau, Assistant Chief of Police Internal Affairs Bureau, Assistant Chief of Police Regional Operations Command North, Assistant Chief of Police Office of Professional Responsibility and District Commander. Newsham retired from the Metropolitan Police Department in January 2021.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced Chief Newsham as the new Police Chief for Prince William County in November 2020 following a nationwide search. Newsham was sworn in as Chief of Police on February 1, 2021.

PWC Police Department Mission:

Colonel Peter Newsham is the commanding officer of the Prince William County Police Department, and is committed to providing efficient and interactive police service to the residents of Prince William County. Chief Newsham is responsible for the planning and direction of all Department activities, and is the final authority in all matters of policy operations and discipline.

The mission of the Prince William County Police Department is to enhance the quality of life of our residents by providing police services through shared responsibility with the public. The dedicated members of this Department accomplish our mission by embodying our values in both our professional and personal lives, and through accountability to our citizens.

We believe that integrity is the basis of public trust, and that honesty and equality in delivery of police services is essential. This has been a hallmark of our Department since its inception and we are proud of our standing in the community.

Bradley Marshall, Moderator

Bradley Marshall is a trial attorney at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., in Manassas, where he leads the firm’s white collar and criminal defense section, is co-lead for their investigations section, and practices in the municipal law and civil litigation sections. Prior to that, Brad served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Prince William County for over a decade, where he specialized in prosecuting criminal street gang cases, violent crimes, firearms offenses, and mental health-related cases.

Brad was recently appointed to the Community Services Board (CSB) by the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors for a four-year term, overseeing mental health and behavioral health services throughout the County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park.

He is in his second term as President of the Prince William County Bar Foundation, is the Chairman of the Community Criminal Justice Board, and is past-President of the Prince William County Bar Association. Brad also serves on the Board of Trustees for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Children Intervention Services, as well as the Board of Regents of Leadership Prince William, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations and the State Bar’s renowned Professionalism Faculty.

Brad was previously on the legal faculty at the PWC Public Safety Academy and has lectured at Northern Virginia Community College as well as George Mason University, and regularly teaches continuing legal education classes to attorneys on topics such as Constitutional Law, Mental Health Ethics, Specialty Dockets, Immigration Law, and Criminal Street Gang Laws. He is heavily involved in criminal justice reform at the local and state level, serving on the Evidence-Based Decision Making Policy Committee, as a member of the local DIVERT Committee on the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, and helped establish and implement Prince William County's Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Dockets. Brad received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Prince William, received the Potomac Local “Forty Under 40” Award in 2014, the County Executive Award for 2015, was in the inaugural class of Virginia’s “Up & Coming Lawyers” in 2016, and received the 2017 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award.

Brad is a C100 member and serves on the 2021-22 Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.