As the commander of the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Maj. Nichols provides overall functional supervision to a 46-member law enforcement agency. She 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. She supervises the Community Engagement Unit, comprising three School Resource Officers and one Community Engagement Officer.
Maj. Nichols began her career with the Williamsburg Police Department in 2015. She has experience working in all three bureaus of the department, previously serving as a patrol officer and patrol supervisor, as well as an investigator assigned to a regional drug task force. Before her career in law enforcement, Nichols attended Old Dominion University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology. Nichols is also a member of the first Virginia Women’s Municipal Leadership Institute cohort.