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Leesburg Police Officer Retires After More Than 22 Years of Public Service

Post Date:10/04/2019 2:40 PM
News Release

For Immediate Release
October 4, 2019

Media Contact:
Officer Michael Drogin, Public Information Officer
Email:, 703-771-4538

Leesburg Police Officer Retires After More Than 22 Years of Public Service

We would like to congratulate Master Police Officer Christopher Tidmore on his retirement from the Leesburg Police Department after more than 20 years of service to the Town.

Officer Tidmore began his career in law enforcement as a corrections officer at the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Corrections in 1995.  In 1997, Officer Tidmore became a patrol officer with the Warrenton Police Department.  Officer Tidmore was then hired by the Leesburg Police Department on July 8, 1999.  In total, Officer Tidmore has been a public servant for more than 22 years.

While with the Leesburg Police Department, Officer Tidmore has served in numerous specialized positions and roles in which he demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to serving the Leesburg community.  Some of these specialized positions include Crime Prevention Officer, Public Information Officer, Honor Guard team member, Emergency Response Team member (both Tactical and Negotiations Elements), Barment Program manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team member, School Resource Officer, and lead instructor for the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program.  Additionally, Officer Tidmore started the Leesburg Police Department Explorer program and served as the coordinator of the program for several years.

Officer Tidmore’s professional experience and maturity led him to internalize the Department’s community policing philosophy.  Officer Tidmore has been one of the principal volunteers and organizers of the annual National Night Out celebrations in Leesburg.  He also developed and organized the Department’s “Holidays with the Cops” event.  That event, now in its tenth year, involves a group of local children from the Town who are in need.  Each child is paired with a Leesburg Police Officer who helps purchase holiday gifts for the child and their family members using donated funds.  Over the years Officer Tidmore has also organized fundraising and obtained household supplies, groceries, and even automobiles to support town residents who were in difficult financial or emergency situations.  This has been well beyond the scope of his normal duties and much of this was done on his own time.

Officer Tidmore was the recipient of a 2010 Valor Awards ‘Unit Citation’, for his assistance in negotiating the safe release of multiple hostages during a hostage barricade incident.  Officer Tidmore was also the recipient of the 2019 Valor Awards ‘Stu Plitman First Responder Community Service Award’ for fostering positive relationships with the Loudoun community in ways that enhance the safety and security of our citizens.  Over the years, Officer Tidmore has additionally received multiple Leesburg Police Department Commanders Awards and the ‘Lieutenant O’Neal H. Stewart Memorial Employee of the Quarter Award’.

Chris, on behalf of Chief Brown and your LPD Family, thank you for all that you have done over the past two decades to better our community!