Meet Our Staff

Lieutenant Bill Breedlove

 Academy Director
Phone: (540) 853-2286
Lt. Bill BreedloveLieutenant Breedlove began his career with the Roanoke Police Department in March 2006. Lieutenant Breedlove began his law enforcement career with the Richmond City Police Department in 1996 and also served with the Roanoke County Police prior to coming to the Roanoke City Police Department. 

Lieutenant Breedlove has been assigned to the Patrol Division, where he served as a patrol officer, a K9 Officer, a Special Enforcement Unit Officer and a Field Training Officer.

In 2006 Lieutenant Breedlove was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Vice Unit. Here he conducted drug investigations throughout the Roanoke Valley. He was recognized by state and Federal courts as an expert in the field of distribution of drugs. Lieutenant Breedlove was also assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Major Crime Unit and Organized Crime Unit.

In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a patrol sergeant he was responsible for overseeing daily activities, performance and scheduling of officers assigned to him on Bravo Platoon.

In 2012 he was reassigned as the Sergeant of the Professional Standards Unit. This unit conducts investigations of citizen complaints against department personnel and internal investigations. He also assisted in conducting Staff Inspections, to ensure each unit was meeting departmental standards.

In 2014 he was assigned to the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, where he also served as a supervisor for the HIDTA Unit. He supervised detectives in large scale drug and violent crime investigations throughout the Roanoke Valley in partnership with Federal agencies.

In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Since being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Lieutenant Breedlove has supervised the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Community Response Team and Alpha Platoon. 

In October 2016 Lieutenant Breedlove was reassigned as the Academy Director. His main responsibilities are training for the department, recruiting applicants and maintaining the academy’s national accreditation status.

Sergeant Jennifer Boswell

Assistant Police Academy Director
Phone: (540) 853-5437
Sgt. Jennifer Boswell
Sergeant Jennifer Boswell grew up in middle Tennessee and attended the University of North Alabama. In January 2003 she started the Roanoke Police Training Academy Class 51. After graduation she went to Alpha Platoon for patrol and became a Field Training Officer. She rotated out of patrol to Power Shift Unit, VICE, and Street Crimes Unit in which she was promoted out of in December 2010 to the rank of Sergeant. She was a patrol sergeant for Delta and Bravo Platoons before transferring to the Police Academy in January 2015 as the Assistant Academy Director.

She is a specialized instructor in Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness. She also teaches personal safety seminars all over the Roanoke Valley. She is proud supporter of Help Save the Next Girl in efforts to promote safety and education in personal awareness.

She is a graduate of the International Chiefs of Police Women’s Leadership Institute, Session 1. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and a member of Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLEE), and attended the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) Supervisor Leadership Institute.

One of her favorite quotes is: "Most people do not listen with intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply" -SR Covey

Investigator Loren Ford

Wellness Coordinator
Phone: (540) 853-6406
Inv. Loren Ford
Investigator Loren Ford is the Wellness Coordinator and Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Roanoke Police Academy. His responsibilities include ensuring that the recruits can physically perform the duties of law enforcement, defensive tactics training, applicant background investigations, and assisting officers in improving their physical fitness status.

Loren graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College. He began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the City of Roanoke. From 1997 to 2002 he continued his career in Florida and then returned to home to Roanoke. 

Loren was a field training officer from 1993 until 2012. He spent 20 years in Patrol before being assigned to Warrant Service for five years. Loren attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, GA and was a Special Deputy U. S. Marshal on the Fugitive Task Force. He has been an evidence technician for Forensic Services. Loren is a certified law enforcement fitness specialist and has competed in numerous fitness competitions. He won the 2010 Southeast Regional Lawfit competition and was a member of the mixed pairs National Champions in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He was also a member of the Four-man team National Runners-up in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. 

Loren is married to Anastasia and the father of Alexis, who is a graduate of Christopher Newport University.

Investigator John Smith

Background Investigator
Phone: (540) 853-5438
Inv. John SmithInvestigator John Smith is the Recruiter and a Background Investigator for the Roanoke Police Academy. He is a defensive tactics and physical training instructor, as well as a criminal/constitutional law instructor. His responsibilities include preparing the academy recruits for the physical demands of law enforcement, applicant background investigations, and coordinating recruiting events for various positions in the police department. In addition, he also maintains the role of Community Policing Specialist and is a Hostage Negotiator.

Investigator Smith graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 1999, and received a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 2014. He began his law enforcement career with the City of Roanoke in 2000.

Investigator Smith spent seven years in patrol, where he served as a Field Training Officer. He spent nine years in the Warrant Service Unit and continued to train as a Field Training Officer. Investigator Smith was sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal and received additional training in fugitive apprehension at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, GA. Investigator Smith joined the Academy Staff in 2018.

Investigator Anna Volk

Background Investigator
Phone: (540) 853-5441
Inv. Anna VolkInvestigator Anna Volk is from Oklahoma. After moving to Roanoke in 2009, she started the Roanoke Police Training Academy in August of 2011 in Class 64. After graduation she went to Charlie Platoon for patrol and worked as a Southeast unit for 4 years. She became a Field Training Officer in 2013 and was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit in 2015. While in the Criminal Investigations Unit, she was assigned to the Property Crimes Unit and Special Victims Unit.

She is a Physical Training Instructor and has competed in the National and Regional Lawfit Competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2018. She is also a De-Escalation and CPR Instructor.

Officer Brad Daniels

Lead Firearms Instructor
Phone: (540) 853-5361
Inv. Brad DanielsRange Officer B. A. Daniels was born and raised in Marion, Indiana. In 2005, he enlisted in the Unites States Marine Corps and served active duty until 2009 during which he deployed twice in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” He joined the Roanoke Police Department in 2010 and was class president for the 63rd Basic Academy. He has prior experience on patrol, in honor guard, and in the Forensic Services Unit. Daniels is currently an operator on the Tactical Response Team where he was also a sniper for several years. He is currently assigned to the Police Academy as a Firearms Instructor.

When away from work, he enjoys spending time with family, backpacking, kayaking, and woodworking.

Dr. Fatimah King, Civilian Training Coordinator

Phone: (540) 853-5476
Dr. Fatima KingDr. King has more than 15 years of experience in the field of leadership, training and development; and business management. She graduated from Bluefield College in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and from Mountain State University in 20I0, with a Master's of Science in Strategic Leadership. Dr. King continued her education in the leadership field by earning her Doctorate of Executive Leadership from University of Charleston in 2014.

Dr. King has been employed at the Roanoke Police Department for over 4 years. While employed at the police department, she received her Department of Criminal Justice General Instructor Certification in 2012. Dr. King is an administrator to the online training, Power DMS for the department. She assumes the responsibility for the training records of civilian employees and sworn officers in the department to ensure all employees meet training requirements provided by DCJS and CALEA guidelines. Dr. King was presented with the civilian of the year award in 2012, which made her the first civilian to be recognized with this honor. 

In addition to working at Roanoke Police Academy, Dr. King has been an instructor for Court Community Corrections since 2013. She educates and provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary for the recovery process of drug and alcohol addictions. Dr. King recognizes that establishing a team oriented environment and strong communications skills among employees and peers to be one of the major assets of her success with her employment. She extensively utilizes her leadership skills to encourage students and employees to grow and excel within their current position. 

Dr. King was born in Roanoke, Virginia, where she resides with her husband Sgt. Gayle Combs, of the Roanoke Police Department. She has a Daughter, Tiyana King; a stepson; Nazir, and a grandson; Taj.