Welcome to the James City County Police Department website. The officers and staff of the Department take great pride in providing the most effective and efficient police service, with the highest level of integrity, to the citizens and visitors of James City County.
The James City County Police Department is a service-oriented department with a strong commitment to Community Policing. We believe that crime is a community problem, as well as a law enforcement problem, and we strive to work in partnership with the community to resolve these problems.
I recommend all citizens become involved in their neighborhoods through such programs as Neighborhood Watch. If your community does not have an established Neighborhood Watch program, contact Lt. Jeremy Barnett at 757-603-6021 to find out what needs to get done to get a program established in your community.
I firmly believe that the quality of police service, provided by a police agency, is directly related to the quality of officers that are selected and the training they receive. The James City County Police Department goes through an extensive recruitment and selection process to ensure that we hire the best qualified individuals with the highest level of integrity. Officers in the Department are trained through the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Once again, welcome to our website and enjoy your visit.
Emmett H. Harmon
Chief of Police
About James City County Police Department
The James City County Police Department was formed in 1980 and in 1983 it separated from the Sheriff's Department to handle all criminal complaints. It is divided into six functional components: Uniform Division, Investigations Division, Community Services, Administrative Services, Colonial Community Corrections and Animal Control.
The Department has more than 90 sworn law enforcement officers and annually responds to approximately 20,000 calls for service each year.
The Department provides police services in all areas of the County including patrol, investigations, and traffic enforcement. A full range of crime prevention services are also available, such as assistance in establishing Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch programs, security surveys for homes, as well as commercial establishments, and Child ID. There are School Resource Officers in two middle schools and each high school and also a Bike Patrol Unit.
Our mission is to "perform our duties and fulfill our responsibilities of enforcing the law, preserving the peace, and providing police services so that it improves the quality of life for all citizens within our jurisdiction."