Interim Chief of Police

Leslie Parsons has a 23-year career in law enforcement with the majority of the that career in California.  Les served as a police officer, corporal, detective, and in the community policing bureau. Les  served as the Police Explorer Advisor, field training officer, terrorism liaison officer, emergency communications coordinator, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) instructor. Les taught a youth program for the department in the local schools and taught at the police academy. Les was also served as the traffic collision investigator, armorer, and rangemaster for the department. He was an instructor for firearms, simunitions, active shooter, and less lethal munitions.

Interim Chief of Police Les Parsons

After retiring from the police department, Les was hired by the Colonial Beach Police Department in 2016 and graduated from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Les has served as a police officer, field training officer, sergeant, and lieutenant. Currently, Les supervises the Patrol Division. In addition, Les serves as a general instructor, First Aid/CPR instructor, firearms instructor, rangemaster, and armorer within the department.  As well as instructing at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in report writing, firearms, and firearms instructor classes at the academy. 

Les is a graduate of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy as well as completing advanced leadership training to include the Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Executive Development Association; Supervisory, Command, and Executive leadership courses earning the Trilogy Award 

Les Parsons holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah.  He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Les passed the Washington State Bar and served as an attorney in both the public and private sector before beginning his law enforcement career.