Scott Booth will become the new Chief of Police for the City of Roanoke, effective October 31.
Notable accomplishments during Booth’s tenure as Chief of Police in Danville, Virginia, include transitioning from the highest per capita violent crime rate in 2017 to a 35-year low in all crime in 2020. With more than 27 years of law enforcement experience, Booth not only served Danville since 2018, but he also was Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; a Police Major, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Officer for the City of Richmond; and a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Chief Booth holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and leadership studies from the University of Richmond, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in criminal justice from Pennsylvania Western University. The recipient of numerous accolades, he earned the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Leadership in Law Enforcement from the National Center for Gang Crime Research; the Innovation in Government Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs; and the Excellence in Policing Award from the Radford University Center for Police, Practice, Policy, and Research.