Community Engagement Unit

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Community Engagement Unit

The Williamsburg Police Department strongly embraces the philosophy of Community Policing in all its daily operations and functions. Community policing is based on a partnership between the police and the community whereby the police and the community share responsibility for identifying, preventing, reducing, and eliminating problems that impact community safety and order. By working together, the police and the community can reduce crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide.

In this effort, the community and police work as partners to identify and prioritize problems of crime and disorder and share the responsibility for the development and implementation of proactive problem-solving strategies to address identified issues. By mobilizing the efforts and resources of the police, the community, and local government, there is a greater likelihood of a successful outcome.

Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO)

In order to facilitate this community policing philosophy, the Williamsburg Police Department has implemented a Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) program where each district in the city has an NRO assigned to it. This allows each neighborhood to have a point of contact to address issues within the neighborhood and to build relationships between citizens and officers. Below is a link to our district map where you can find your neighborhood NRO contact information.

Police Officer on a Bicycle


  1. Community Engagement Unit

    Physical Address
    425 Armistead Avenue
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

    Phone: (757) 220-2331
    Fax: (757) 259-7204
    Emergency: 911

  2. Brian Carlsen

    Deputy Chief of Police
    Phone: (757) 220-2331