Humberto I. “Hum” Cardounel, Jr., is the Senior Director of the Policing Division at the National Policing Institute. Prior to joining the National Policing Institute, Humberto served nearly 32 years in law enforcement before retiring as the Chief of Police from the Henrico County (VA) Police Department in 2020. During his law enforcement career, he held many command and executive level positions in: Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Organized Crime, Special Operations & Homeland Security, Internal Affairs, Personnel, Training, and Accreditation. He also served on various local and state committees, to include two Virginia Gubernatorial committee appointments.
In addition to his law enforcement experience, he also served as an Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), working with agencies in the U.S. and internationally seeking law enforcement accreditation.
Humberto has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the 221st Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy; the F.B.I National Executive Institute; the International Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program; the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University; the Police Executive Leadership School of the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond; the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation Institute for Leadership in Changing Times at Virginia Tech University; and the Leading, Educating and Developing Program of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Areas of Focus
- Law enforcement administration & operations
- Law enforcement training & accreditation
- Community programs & crime prevention
- Law enforcement partnerships