Major Darrell Stanley

Major Darrell Stanley serves on Colonel Hines’ staff as the major in charge of the investigative division, which includes the general investigations, street crimes and vice/narcotics units.  Major Stanley was appointed to his present rank in 2009 and is responsible for all investigative functions within the Sheriff’s Office.  He maintains the philosophy that every victim of a crime deserves the highest level of service from law enforcement and that this level of service can be attained through good basic investigative techniques applied consistently with attention to detail by highly skilled and dedicated investigators.

Major Stanley was hired as a Patrol Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office in August of 1989.  After completing basic training at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, he served in the patrol division until his transfer to the vice/narcotics unit in 1991 where he served until 1996.  During his tenure in vice/narcotics, Major Stanley was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Metro Area Task Force conducting long term drug conspiracy cases.  He received advanced training in multiple facets of narcotics investigation including indoor and outdoor marijuana grow operations and eradication, advanced surveillance techniques, drug conspiracy investigations, thermal imagery and asset forfeiture. Also during this time, Major Stanley was recognized as an expert witness in narcotics production and distribution and was named the Drug Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1993.

Major Stanley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and assigned to the patrol division supervising the day and evening shifts.  He served in patrol until his transfer to the street crimes unit in 2001 with supervisory responsibility for a unit charged with conducting covert surveillance activities on a variety of cases including homicide, robbery and property crimes.  The unit’s focus was on-scene apprehensions and repeat offenders.  During this time, the unit was highly successful in the investigation of multiple robbery cases throughout the metro area and was recognized with unit citations and excellent service awards from not only the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, but other agencies in the area.  In 2002, Darrell was assigned to the Sniper Task Force with the FBI and was recognized with the Excellent Service award and the Dedication to Duty award for this service.

In July of 2004, Major Stanley was appointed to the rank of lieutenant and assigned as the officer in charge of General Investigations and Street Crimes.  His duties included the supervision of both units with a broad spectrum of responsibilities including case management and the investigation of all major crimes.  In July of 2007, Major Stanley was appointed to the rank of Captain and remained in the investigative division in charge of the general investigations, street crimes and vice/narcotics units.  During this time, he continued to receive advanced training in many topics involving investigations and leadership and attended the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.

Major Stanley lives in the Beaverdam area with his wife and son and enjoys many outdoor activities, including coaching and watching youth athletics.