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Chief of Police

Chief Louis Battle began his police career MCC_7505with the Miami Dade Police Department, retiring after 26 years of service as the commander of special operations. His last assignment being the Incident Commander for security operations at Super Bowl XLI.  He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Southern Police Institute, and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. He holds two Masters Degrees, one in Public Administration and one in Education, as well as several graduate certificates. He has instructed extensively on the subjects of tactical operations, mass casualty and civil disorder response, and special events. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). In his current position, he is responsible for the operations and administrative functions of the department. lbattle@warrentonva.gov






Deputy Chief of Police

Major Dillon photoMajor Gary M. Dillon serves as the Deputy Chief of Police. Prior to joining to the Warrenton Police Department, Gary served as the Manager of the Virginia Accreditation Center at the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) from 2005 - 2015. Through Gary’s vision, the program that sets and requires higher standards for its participating agencies to adhere to has developed into a national model and leader in its field. 

Gary has coordinated and drafted several important model policies for the state, including best practices for Eyewitness Identification, Human Trafficking, Law Enforcement Usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), and Auxiliary Police Officers. Gary has been a presenter to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, Secretary of Public Safety, and the Virginia Crime Commission on topics relating to best practices in law enforcement. Prior to his employment with DCJS, Gary was a Supervisor with the Charlottesville Police Department, as well as their Accreditation Manager. He was also instrumental in the creation of the West Point (VA) Police Department. 

Gary has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of police policies, procedures, rules and regulations having collaborated with a majority of the Commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies. Gary possesses a Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, and is a graduate of the 39th Session of the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) at the University of Richmond. gdillon@warrentonva.gov


Mrs. Lindsay Parr-Marino


Lindsay Parr photo
Mrs. Lindsay M. Parr-Marino is a Senior Administrative Assistant for the department and has been employed since 2002. Lindsay works directly for the Chief of Police and maintains all aspects of the front desk and ensures that our citizens get the best assistance possible. She is also a certified notary public and is responsible for the NCIC/VCIN State computer system in the department. lparr@warrentonva.gov












Mrs. Jennifer Bush

Jennifer Bush photoMrs. Jennifer Bush is the Receptionist and Records Clerk for the department and has been employed since 2007. Jennifer works directly for the Senior Administrative Assistant. Jennifer greets the walk in citizens and assists as needed. 






Mrs. Kathleen Higgins

Higgins picMs. Higgins’ earned an undergraduate degree in analytical chemistry from University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Forensic Chemistry at Northeastern University (NU), co-founded a private forensic laboratory in Boston, and served as a Senior Chemist with the MA State Police Crime Laboratory. She also lectured at the MA Criminal Justice Training Center and at NU, where she was made the coordinator of the graduate and undergraduate forensic science programs.

Ms. Higgins worked for the U.S. Postal Service Engineering and Development Center, including one that produced the improved papers, inks and self-sticking adhesives of today's postage stamps. She earned a Meritorious Service Honor Award for her efforts. In 1994, she accepted an invitation to serve as Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

In 2003, she was asked to serve as Assistant to the NIST Director for Homeland Security and to chair NIST’s Homeland Security Strategic Working Group.

In late 2007, she accepted the position of Director of the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility in the Command, Control & Interoperability Division (CCI) at DHS where she served for approximately one year before accepting the position as Chief, Stakeholder Engagement in CCI and later in the First Responders Group (FRG).  In early 2014, the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program transitioned to FRG and she was appointed as its Program Director.

Ms. Higgins is the author of several forensic science journal articles, a former Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, ex officio Chair of ASTM’s E54 Committee on Homeland Security Applications, former member of the Homeland Security Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and former Federal co-chair of the Standards Coordination Committee and the Federal Agency Coordinating Committee of the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability.

She retired from Federal Service on December 31, 2014.

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