Captain Joseph Hatter currently serves as the commander of the Investigations Division at the Charlottesville Police Department. He has served as a law enforcement officer since 1995, beginning his career at the Wintergreen Police Department, and joined the Charlottesville Police Department in 1998 as a patrol officer.
He has served in the Traffic Unit as a motor officer, the SWAT Team, the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (JADE), Investigations Bureau Commander, and most recently served as a commander of the Administration Division.
Hatter served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995 before becoming a police officer.
Captain Hatter earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in 2016 and completed the National Criminal Justice Command College in 2012.