RCPD Statement on Chris Caldwell Arrest
The Radford City Police Department was made aware of the Virginia State Police investigation of Chris Caldwell on September 4, 2022. On September 6, 2022, Chris Caldwell was informed of the pending investigation and notified that he would be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Within minutes of being placed on leave, Captain Caldwell submitted his resignation of employment from the Radford City Police Department.
The Radford City Police Department has cooperated fully with the Virginia State Police and special prosecutor assigned to this matter since being made aware of this investigation. The Radford City Police Department will continue to cooperate fully as this case progresses through the court system.
As a result of this criminal investigation the Virginia State Police has charged Chris Caldwell with one felony count of “use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children” in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-374.3.
Statement from Chief Jeff Dodson following arrest of former employee Chris Caldwell
“The men and women of the Radford City Police Department are very disappointed to learn of the arrest of former Captain Chris Caldwell. The charge and allegations against him, if proven true in a court of law, are abhorrent and reprehensible.”
“These accusations against a former employee in no way reflect the professionalism and high standards of the Radford City Police Department. All staff with the Radford City Police Department hold each other to a very high standard and know that if we break the law, we will be held accountable, and those who are willing to tarnish their badge, their oath of office, and the law enforcement code of ethics no longer deserve to wear the badge.”
“The men and women of the Radford City Police Department work daily to protect and serve the members of this community, especially the most vulnerable. We will continue to serve at the highest levels and ensure that Radford continues to be a safe community for all despite the actions of a former employee.”
Chief of Police