Committed to Excellence
Stafford County Sheriff's Office

Public Safety Center
Ford T. Humphrey Building

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 189
Stafford, VA 22555

Physical Address:
1225 Courthouse Rd.
Stafford, VA 22554


Stafford Alert

Special Event Informational Package & Application


David P. Decatur


Sheriff David P. Decatur started his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, after serving as an Airborne Paratrooper in the United States Army.  He served two years as a Deputy Sheriff/Deputy Sheriff Sergeant assigned to Jail Operations, then advancing to a Patrol Deputy assigned to Field Operations. 

Sheriff Decatur has served in numerous positions in the Sheriff's Office to include First Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain prior to being elevated to the position of Major (Chief Deputy) in 2000.  He was also a SWAT Commander and Instructor.  Sheriff Decatur was elected Sheriff on November 3, 2015 and took office on January 1, 2016.

Throughout his career at the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Decatur created and now instructs an Active Shooter Countermeasurers Training program which provides training to all Stafford County School employees, Stafford County Government employees and community members and businesses.  Early in his career he created the Field Training Officer program which later became a model used by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. He is a Certified School SHIELD Security Assessor, a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Tactical Operations Instructor and has instructed in other areas such as community policing and leadership.

He is also a graduate of the DEA’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, FBI National Academy and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Public Safety Institute and attended the Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) program at the University of Virginia designed for high performance government organizations.  Sheriff Decatur is a member of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and currently is the Regional Director for Region V.  He is also a member of the Virginia FBI National Academy Association.  He currently serves on the State Board of Directors for Virginia Special Olympics.


Phone: (540) 658-4450
FAX: (540) 658-1285


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