Uniform Patrol Bureau
Major (acting) David Jay is a law enforcement professional who has spent his career fostering community partnerships, developing fellow officers and shaping the strategic vision of the Williamsburg Police Department.
As the commander of the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Major Jay provides overall functional supervision to a 43-member law enforcement agency. He exercises command over all operational activities of the department, including the direct supervision of lieutenants, sergeants and officers; assignment of personnel; evaluation of work performance; enforcement of policy and regulations; and inspection of patrol activities. Major Jay also participates in short- and long-term planning for the police department, including budget planning and management.
He began his career with the William & Mary Police Department before transitioning to the Williamsburg Police Department in 2007. During his tenure with Williamsburg, he has primarily served in the patrol division, rising to the rank of lieutenant before ultimately taking the helm of the Uniform Patrol Bureau as an acting major in 2020.
In addition to his work on patrol, he has assisted with the department’s reaccreditation and served as its training coordinator, with responsibility for managing the all of the department’s training operations and facilities.
Major Jay is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, with a concentration in cognitive neuropsychology. He presented peer reviewed research at the 12th World Congress of Psychophysiology: The Olympics of the Brain, in Porto Carras, Chalkidiki, Greece. He continued his academic pursuits at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary, where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree.
Major Jay is a data-driven leader who values out of the box thinking and innovative approaches to modern problems. The Williamsburg Police Department is fully committed to the community-policing model of law enforcement and seeks to actively collaborate and meaningfully engage with our community as we address their problems and concerns. We are proud of our Neighborhood Resource Officer program and encourage citizens to get to know their assigned officer! You may read more about our NRO Program and find your assigned officer here.