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Covington Named Chief of Police

New NSU Chief of Police Brian K. CovingtonBrian K. Covington has been selected as Norfolk State University’s new Chief of Police following an extensive national search by the University.

Covington is a public safety professional and police veteran with over 25 years of law enforcement experience. He joined the NSUPD in 2019, serving as Investigations Lieutenant, Interim Deputy Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, and most recently, Interim Chief of Police.

Chief Covington began his career as a public safety patrol officer and rose through the ranks to Police Captain with the City of Hampton Police Department. Additionally, his background includes eight years of military service as a military police officer with the North Carolina and Virginia Army National Guard.

Through his roles as Police Captain and Interim Chief of Police, Covington has supervised and managed over 100 sworn public safety officers and civilian personnel. Additionally, he managed and assisted with overseeing a $6 million administrative budget. He is a servant and transformational leader with high emotional intelligence and situational awareness and possesses a proven track record of success in developing strategies and implementing policies.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #273, Chief Covington is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Hampton Roads Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Virginia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.

Covington is also an active member of Gethsemane Baptist Church (Newport News), the Prince Hall Masons of Virginia, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He takes pride in his service to God and in helping others.

Chief Covington considers his most significant achievement to be his family. He is married to Dr. Dana Covington, a physician, and a Norfolk State University alumna. He has three daughters, Brianna, Olivia, and Alexis, and one granddaughter, Brielle.