Chief of Police

Chief Shifflett started his law enforcement career with in 1986 at the Harrisonburg Police Department.  He came to the James Madison University Police Department in 1987 as a police officer assigned to Patrol.  He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1994.   Chief Shifflett was appointed acting chief of police in 1995 and later was appointed Chief of Police in 1996.

The Chief directly supervises the University’s Department of Public Safety, which includes the police department.

The chief was responsible for developing the agencies first bike patrol unit and has assisted other agencies in developing and implementing their own bike patrol units.  The chief implemented the agencies first forensic unit.  The chief is also a graduate of the prestigious Virginia Forensic Science Academy.  The chief also developed the areas first computer forensic unit.  The chief was also an integral part in the development of the universities 4500 page Comprehensive Safety Plan, which is currently utilized as a model for over 400 agencies worldwide.

In 2011, the police department was accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission and reaccredited in 2015.

The chief has overseen the growth of the department from 18 officers in 1995 to over 35 full-time officers.  Under Chief Shifflett, the agency has also pursued and obtained both mutual aid and concurrent jurisdiction agreements with the City of Harrisonburg and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

During the chief’s tenure, the agency has built relationships with area agencies in lending their technical knowledge and expertise to assist the criminal justice community.

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