Hines began his career with the Sheriff's Office in July of 1984. He attended
the 18th Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Richmond Regional Criminal
Justice Training Center. After completion of field training, he served in
uniform patrol operations until 1986 when he was transferred to the
vice/narcotics unit where he served on the DEA Task Force, the
Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury, and with other law enforcement agencies in an
undercover capacity. In August of 1991, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant
in charge of the vice/narcotics unit. In 1994 Sergeant Hines was assigned to
the internal affairs department and one year later was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
in the newly formed professional standards and risk management unit. In 1996 he
was reassigned to the investigative division as Lieutenant of Special
Investigations. In March of 1997, he served as Acting Captain of the
investigative division and in July 1997, was appointed to the rank of captain.
During the Sheriff's Office reorganization in 2002, Captain Hines was appointed
to the rank of major and assigned as Commander of Field Operations, which
included uniform patrol operations and investigative operations. On October 16,
2003, Major Hines was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and served as
second-in-command, executive officer of the Sheriff's Office. On September 16,
2010, David R. Hines took the oath of office and became the 53rd Sheriff of
Hanover County Virginia.
his career, Colonel Hines has attended hundreds of hours of specialized
training in the fields of investigations, search and seizure, terrorism, civil
liability, homeland security and executive development, and community policing.
In addition to formal classes, Colonel Hines has attended numerous seminars and
conferences in the disciplines of personnel management and executive leadership.
The Colonel is a graduate of the 195th session of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Academy, the Professional Executive Leadership School of the
University of Richmond and the U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement
Executive Development Program.
has taken the tools and skills sets acquired from this training and applied
them to his role as a leader in the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. The
implementation of Hanover’s CMI (Crime Management Initiative) program serves as
an example of this type of leadership. The Colonel was instrumental in the
implementation of this program where members of patrol, investigations and the
crime prevention units meet every other week to discuss crime trends and
develop solutions to problems that are occurring and may occur as identified in
other surrounding jurisdictions.
beginning his employment with the Sheriff’s Office, Colonel Hines has been
awarded the Meritorious Service Ribbon and the Safe Driver Award and has
received numerous commendations. The Savannah Police Department in Savannah,
Georgia, also awarded the Colonel a certificate of merit for collaborative work
resulting in the arrest of a homicide suspect. Most recently, Colonel Hines was
awarded the 2012 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Award
and was recognized at the Annual Congressional Breakfast and Law Enforcement
Recognition in May of 2012.
is also an active leader in a number of civic and community organizations.
Memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the
Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs’ Association,
the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, the Richmond Metro Area Crime Stoppers and
the Mechanicsville Businessmen's Association. He currently serves as chairman
of the Central Virginia Law Enforcement Chief Executives Association (CVLECEA),
having served as vice-chairman for two years prior. He also serves on the
Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Committee, the
Governor’s Public Safety Advisory Board and the Pamunkey Regional Jail Board;
he is past training director of the Eastern States Vice Investigations
Association and past regional director of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch
Run for Special Olympics. In September 2013, he was appointed by Governor
Robert F. McDonnell to serve on the Governor’s Board of Juvenile Justice.
County, he is active in his community where he has coached little league
football through the Mechanicsville and Blue Star Youth Football associations,
and soccer with the Arsenal Youth Soccer League. He is a former member of the
Mechanicsville Rotary and serves as an Advisory Member of the Hanover Business
Council. Colonel Hines and his family worship at Mechanicsville Baptist Church
where he serves on the Board of Deacons. He is also a 32nd degree Mason at
Washington Henry Lodge, #344, A.F. & A. M. and Metropolitan Lodge #11 A. F.
& A. M.
R. Hines and his wife, Pat, have been happily married since 1978. They have two
children and reside in Hanover County.