Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook has recently promoted Tammy Hooper and Dianne Gittins from the rank of Captain to Deputy Chief of Police, effective immediately. Hooper and Gittins are the first women in the history of the Alexandria Police Department to reach the rank of Deputy Chief.
Hooper has served with the Alexandria Police Department for 25 years. She graduated from the FBI National Academy, earned a graduate certificate in criminal justice from the University of Virginia, and holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from George Mason University. During her tenure, Hooper held assignments in all four bureaus of the department, and last served as the commander of the Support Services Division over Accreditation and Property.
Gittins began her career with the Alexandria Police Department in December 1989. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and criminal Justice, both from George Mason University. Gittins has held positions in each of the four bureaus. Most recently, she commanded the Traffic, Parking and Special Events Unit, which includes a staff of more than 60.