Major Michael J. Trice

Major Trice began his law enforcement career in 1990 with the Roanoke City Police Department. After serving two years with Roanoke, he began his service to Hanover County as a Patrol Deputy. Major Trice served in the Patrol Division, primarily working evening shift, for his first four years. In 1994 he was recognized as the Officer of the Year for clearing a large number of criminal cases. In 1996 Major Trice was transferred to the General Investigation Unit where he served until 1999 when he was promoted to the position of Sergeant. While in the General Investigative Unit, he was again recognized as Officer of the Year in 1998 for the successful investigation of several homicides. 

 As a sergeant, he served in patrol and administrative until 2006. In the Administrative Division, he served as the agency’s Personnel Officer, handling human resources, recruitment and hiring-related duties. He was then assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit. He also served as a negotiator for ten years and as the agency’s Public Information Officer from 2005-2011. In addition to supporting operational personnel with timely information, this position also managed the emergency preparedness responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2007 he was appointed to the position of lieutenant and again served in the Administrative Division. His responsibilities included managing crime prevention, training, fleet operations and personnel. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served in the Investigations Division.  In 2014 he was appointed to the rank of major and oversaw the Administrative Division which was responsible for budget and planning, personnel, training, records, evidence management, court services and fleet. 

In 2018 Major Trice was assigned to oversee the Patrol Division.  The Patrol Division is the largest division in the Sheriff’s Office, representing nearly 180 officers.  The Patrol Division is primarily responsible for highly visible community interaction and responding to all calls for service, but also includes the School Resource Officer program and the Reserve Deputy program.  This division also assigned and trains deputies in a variety of specialties; including high risk situations, canine handler, crisis negotiation, search and rescue, bike patrol, honor guard, traffic safety, and underwater evidence recovery.

Major Trice is a 1990 graduate of Radford University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He attended the University of Virginia’s National Criminal Justice Command College, the University of Richmond’s Police Executive Leadership Seminar and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Leadership in Changing Times. He has completed management level courses related to negotiations, public information and criminal investigations and attended the 263rd Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.

Major Trice has raised three children with his wife in Hanover County.  His family resides in the Mechanicsville area.


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