Carol Denise Adams has worked in Law Enforcement for 30 years. She was employed with the Richmond Sheriff’s Department for seven years prior to joining the Richmond Virginia Police Department, where she has worked for 21 years. She serves an Officer in the Community Care Unit, Special Projects within the Community Youth Interventions Services Division. Carol is currently responsible for establishing and maintaining community partnerships and crime prevention education. 

During her tenure with the department, Carol has worked in a supervisory capacity and as a detective. Carol graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, and has completed the Virginia Division of Forensic Science, Richmond Police Department’s Leadership Challenge, and Richmond City University Leadership Development Series. She’s a well-known person in communities that are often overlooked; she’s known not for being a police officer, but for being a part of the community. 

For over a decade, Carol has served on various boards and in leadership roles in the community, receiving numerous awards given by local and regional associations. In 2010, Verizon Wireless created the Carol Adams Hopeline Community Outreach and Prevention Program.  

Carol is the CEO and founder of the Carol Adams Foundation, Inc. which was established in 2014. CAFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide emergency assistance to women, men, and children impacted by domestic violence. The organization provides emergency housing, resources and referrals, and emergency transportation. Through the foundation’s support, women and children will have a temporary safety net which will enable them to live violence-free and have the opportunity to become self-sufficient. Carol’s foundation was one of the first domestic violence nonprofits to provide equal services to men, the LGBTQ community, and the entire family.