Deputy Chief of Police, Major Molly B. Bartley

Major Molly B. Bartley

Major Molly B. Bartley
Deputy Chief of Police

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150 W. Randolph Road
Hopewell, VA 23860
(804) 541-2365

Major Molly B. Bartley grew up in a small town similar to Hopewell called Athens in the Buckeye State. She began her career in law enforcement in 1994 with the Newport News Police Department (NNPD), Newport News, Virginia. She spent 25 years with the NNPD serving in a variety of assignments. While in the Patrol Bureau, she was selected to serve on a community engagement team that fostered positive interactions with the citizens and helped address crime concerns. In 1999, she became a Detective and was selected to go to Major Crimes, Special Victims Unit. In 2005, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in assignments in Patrol, Training, Recruiting and Internal Affairs. In February 2010, she rose to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Commander for Internal Affairs, Recruiting, Patrol, Major Crimes and as the Academy Director and Accreditation Manager for the Newport News Police Training Academy. Prior to retirement, Major Bartley (then Lieutenant) served as the Acting North Precinct Commander leading a team of 95 officers and civilian staff.

Among many accomplishments, she gained certifications as a General, Taser, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor. She is proud to have created the Hampton Roads Regional Amber Alert Plan used prior to the Virginia State Police Amber Plan and was recognized by the Attorney General. In 2011, she served as a Fellow for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, DC. During the Fellowship, she published an article in PERF’s Subject to Debate Publication on Pharmacy Robberies. After serving as PERF’s Fellow, she was selected to be the Class Coordinator for PERF’s 54th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) course in Boston for 84 command-level classmates.

She retired from the NNPD in May 2019 and joined the Hopewell Police Department in June 2019 becoming the first female at the rank of Deputy Chief for the agency.

Agency Responsibility

Major Bartley assists the Chief of Police in managing the day-to-day operations of the Department. She provides leadership and oversight for all Divisons: Office of Professional Development and Training & Recruiting, Accreditation, Support Services, Administrative Services, and Field Operations.


Major Bartley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Ohio University. She is a graduate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD course for executive professionals, and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Leadership School (PELS) from the University of Richmond.

Major Bartley is inspired by the late, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She also believes we all can continue to move forward every day and try to better ourselves. Living a life to be proud of, by showing compassion and respect for others.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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