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Charles Alexander Moose is an American author and former police officer.


Moose was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up in North Carolina. His family moved to Lexington, North Carolina, shortly after he was born, and Moose lived and attended school there until leaving for college. When he was sixteen years old, his mother died, and his father died when Moose was in his early twenties.


Bachelor in the United States History, University North Carolina, 1975. Master of Arts in Public Administration, Portland State University, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies and Criminology, Portland State University, 1993.

Graduate, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.


He is best known for his role as being the primary official in charge of the efforts to apprehend the D.C. snipers in October 2002. During his law enforcement career, Moose served as the chief of police for Montgomery County, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon. That year he joined the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Oregon, as a patrol officer.

Police executive In 1993, Moose became the police chief of the Portland Police Bureau and served as the top law enforcement official for the city until 1999. On August 2, 1999, he became the 15th Chief of the Montgomery County Police Department. In October 2002, he was the primary official in charge of the efforts to apprehend those responsible for the Beltway sniper attacks.

In June 2003, Moose resigned after a disagreement with Montgomery County regarding a policy that barred him from working on a book and consulting on a movie about the sniper investigation. The book was released in September 2003 and is titled Before the trial, however, Chief Moose engaged in a publicity tour for his book on the sniper investigation, which jeopardized the prosecution. The tour included appearances on Dateline NBC, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show.

Assistant Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney James Willett told The Washington Post, "Personally, I don't understand why someone who's been in law enforcement his whole life would potentially damage our case or compromise a jury pool by doing this." Later work Until 2005, Moose served as the Squadron Commander of the 113th Security Forces Squadron, D.C. Air National Guard, United States Air Force. While Moose served with that unit, he deployed to Operation Katrina and served as military liaison and adviser to the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Moose was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as a Security Forces Officer in Hawaii.

On August 4, 2010, The Gazette reported that Moose is no longer employed at the department. As of September 2012, Moose was retired and living in Tampa, Florida. Moose is portrayed by Charles S. Dutton in the 2003 T.V. film D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with Charles Fleming): Three Weeks in October, 2003.


Board directors Boys and Girls Club of Portland, Comprehensive Options for Drug Abusers. Member funding allocation committee Black United Fund Oregon. Member Multnomah County Community Action Commission, Police Executive Research Forum, Board Public Safety Standards and Training, Governor's Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board, Governor's Juvenile Justice Task Force.

Board directors Portland State University. Member American Society Criminology, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Society of Police Futurists International, International Association Chiefs of Police.