Norfolk Chief of Police, Larry D. Boone

Early Life

Chief Larry D. Boone is a native of inner-city New Brunswick, New Jersey born in a non-traditional family including four siblings. Chief Boone lived in a bleak and chaotic environment until his adolescent years where his experiences subsequently lead to unfavorable encounters with law enforcement. As a result of these incidents, a decision was made that Chief Boone would move to Northampton County, North Carolina to live with his grandparents where he began a positive shift toward changing the trajectory of his future.

Law Enforcement Career

Chief Larry Boone began his successful law enforcement career with the Norfolk Police Department in 1989. He was appointed Chief of Police December 1, 2016. During his career, he has served in the:

  • Canine Unit
  • Gang Suppression Unit
  • Metro-Tactical Unit
  • The Office of Professional Standards
  • Patrol Division

After 26 years of service, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Police on September 22, 2015.

Forging Relationships in the Community

Throughout his career, Chief Boone committed his efforts to forging relationships with Norfolk’s diverse community members. Prior to the national discourse that unraveled through communities across this country regarding law enforcement, he undertook the significant responsibility of improving the department’s community outreach efforts and building trust between citizens and law enforcement. 

Signature Programs

Under his leadership, the Office of Community Relations was created and enhancements to available programs and local partnerships have seen a direct impact on Norfolk’s community engagements. More than 20 community outreach initiatives and the department’s signature programs (Cops and Curls, Cops and Kids Eating (CAKE), Police Leadership Unveils Success (PLUS), and Clergy Patrol) have been nationally recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, and the Christian Broadcasting Network.


Chief Boone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University. In addition to his undergraduate studies, he played football for Georgia Southern University (Division I-AA), winning two national titles (1985, 1986). He also earned a Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Awards & Accolades

Furthermore, he is the recipient of:

  • The 2019 G.W.C. Brown Legacy Education Fund and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter Humanitarian Award
  • The 2018 NOBLE Attorney General Eric Holder Leadership Award
  • The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police 2018 President’s Award


  • A 2020 graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute (CLI) Executive Program
  • A 2018 graduate of the 41st Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute
  • A 2010 graduate of the 241st Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia
  • A 2009 graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) - University of Richmond, Virginia


An active member of:

  • Virginia State Crime Commission
  • Virginia African American Advisory Board
  • The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • The International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Associates
  • The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Executive Director Regional Advisory Group

Volunteer Work

In addition to his active memberships in prestigious associations, Chief Boone regularly volunteers in the community and participates in mentorship programs for Norfolk’s youth. 

Authentic Engagement in the Community

The citizens of Norfolk refer to Chief Boone as a "Different Kind of Chief". Unlike his peers, Chief Boone’s inner city youth experiences shaped his mental marathon of endurance to withstand difficult challenges in the pursuit of a better life that served others. 

Chief Boone strives to improve and build long-lasting relationships with the community through authentic engagement. Chief Boone says, "If you’re not authentic, people know it before you say anything. Crime suppression is necessary but it’s not everything. A genuine interest in the lives you protect is where we begin."