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  • On Campus: 911
  • Off Campus: 9-911
  • Ft. Detrick: 9-911
  • RML: 0


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Chief Alvin Hinton
Building 31, Room B3B 12
31 Center Drive MSC 2012
Bethesda MD 20892 - 2012

Chief of Police

​Chief Alvin D. Hinton

Chief Alvin D. Hinton has been the Chief of Police at the National Institutes of Health, Division of Police, since January 2000.  He began his law enforcement career with the United States Park Police (USPP).  He rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Chief of Police for the Field Office's Division (commanded all areas outside of the environs of the Washington Metropolitan Area), and the Operations Division (commanded all areas within the environs of the Washington Metropolitan area).  During his tenure with the USPP Chief Hinton also commanded the USPP New York Field Office, Training Branch, and Major Crimes Unit. Chief Hinton managed a myriad of high profile events to include, but not limited to: managing/leading law enforcement efforts for: the Cuban Refugee Program at Fort Chaffee Arkansas, the Million Man March in Washington DC, the Y2K Celebration on the National Mall, the Fiftieth Anniversary of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), National Independence Day Celebrations on the National Mall, and provided support, protection and collaboration with partner law enforcement organizations to protect the President of the United States (POTUS), heads of state, and other dignitaries on numerous occasions.

Chief Hinton participated in the transition process for upgrading the security processes for the NIH after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. During this process he oversaw the creation and the establishment of the NIH Police Field units at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories and the National Cancer Institute, Fort Detrick Campus. He played a significant role in establishing the NIH Perimeter Security System (PSS), organized a viable guard force to staff the PSS and operate the NIH Visitor Management System. Chief Hinton provides intelligence and other pertinent information to the NIH Senior Leadership staff.

Under the direction and leadership of Chief Hinton, the NIH Special Response and Hazard Response Team(s) were created to meet the challenges of today's criminal and terrorist threats.

Chief Hinton is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, He has earned an Associate's Degree and Bachelors of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from the American University, and a Master of Science Degree, in Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He also earned Certificates from the University of Maryland "Criminal Justice" and the Johns Hopkins University for the "Police Executive Leadership Program".  Chief Hinton is a Level III Contracting Officer's Representative. He has been awarded two (2) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) "Secretary's Awards" for Distinguished Service, a NIH Certificate of Recognition for outstanding initiative and teamwork, a NIH Director's Award for outstanding results in response to NIH security challenges and a NIH Office of Research Services, Management Council Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary leadership, dedicated service and outstanding contributions.

Always engaged in the community, Chief Hinton is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, Police Chief's Committee, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.