Henrico County Chief of Police Eric English holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
On September 14, 2020, English was sworn in as Henrico County’s Chief of Police. Prior to joining the Division, he served with the City of Richmond Police Department from 1989 to 2018, rising through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Operations in 2011 and Deputy Chief of Support and Business Services in 2016. In September 2018, he was named Chief of Police of the Harrisonburg Police Department, located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.Chief English is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and is a certified law enforcement instructor. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.
A sports enthusiast, he played basketball for the University of Richmond and was a member of the Spiders’ Sweet Sixteen team of 1988. He went on to coach and officiate youth basketball in the community for many years. Chief English has been a Henrico County resident for more than 30-years. He and his wife have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976 during a three-day symposium to address crime in low-income urban areas. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Police Foundation and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). The Joint Center for Political Studies (JCPS) coordinated this unprecedented event in which sixty top ranking black law enforcement executives representing twenty-four states and fifty major cities gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to participate. They exchanged views about the critically high rate of crime in the black urban communities and the socio-economic conditions that lead to crime and violence.
They raised questions about relevant issues such as fairness in the administration of justice, police community relations, the hiring and promotion of black police officers, and the unique problems of the black police executive. Recognizing black law enforcement executives could have a significantly more effective impact upon the criminal justice system through a unified voice, the symposium participants departed from the planned agenda to create NOBLE. They unanimously elected Hubert Williams, then Director of the Newark, New Jersey Police Department, and the first black police chief of a major city, temporary chairman of NOBLE. During that meeting, the initial purpose and the objectives of the organization were developed and a working committee to devise the organizational structure was formed.
NOBLE is comprised of 59 chapters in six regions throughout the United States. We also have members in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and several countries in Africa. We are located in REGION 2 and serve Richmond and surrounding areas.
Whether members are engaged in a food or clothing drive, presenting the Law and Your Community, reading to children, awarding scholarships, or talking with young people about safety—be it traffic safety, gun safety, internet safety, bullying or HIV/AIDS prevention—NOBLE cares!