The Distinguished Alumni Class of 2012 includes Gary Dove, who received an associate in arts and science in administration of justice from PHCC in 1999.
Dove has received additional training from the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, The Institute for Leadership in Changing Times at Virginia Tech, the FBI’s National Academy Association First Line Supervisors School, the ATF for Advanced Explosives Investigative Techniques, the NCIS for Cold Case Homicide Investigations and the Advanced Excavation and Buried Remains School.
Dove is currently the Emergency Planning Coordinator at PHCC, where he also serves as an adjunct professor in the Administration of Justice program. Before coming to the college, he worked 19 years with the Martinsville Police Department on assignments that included patrol, SWAT team, special investigations, street crimes unit and criminal investigations unit. He served as a police officer, investigator, shift supervisor and lieutenant of criminal investigations. He also taught in the West Piedmont Regional Police Academy, was a member of the West Piedmont Regional Homicide Task Force, and was the Homeland Security liaison for the Martinsville Police Department.
Dove attends Chatham Heights Baptist Church, where he serves as chairman of the Deacon Board, teaches Sunday school, vacation bible school and sings in the choir. In 1997, he was voted by his peers at the Employee of the Year of the Martinsville Police Department. He was named the Martinsville Jaycee’s Outstanding Officer of the Year in 1987 and the Patrick Henry District Boy Scouts of America Explorer Leader of the Year in 1985.