Chief of Police Sean Dunn was selected as Williamsburg’s Police Chief in June 2017.
Prior to being selected to serve Williamsburg, Dunn was selected to serve as Martinsville, VA’s Police Chief in May 2014. During his time in Martinsville, Dunn led the creation of a totally integrated community policing department with a philosophy of community engagement, responsiveness to community concerns and an emphasis on Intelligence-Led Policing. During Dunn’s time in Martinsville, Part I Crime was reduced by 30% and Violent Crime was reduced by 59%. Dunn credits these reductions to a strong partnership with community members who stood with Law Enforcement against crime.
Dunn began his law enforcement career in 1993 serving with the Portsmouth, VA Police Department for 21 years. He held every rank in the department up to and including Police Commander (Major). His assignments included Uniform Patrol, Community Policing, Training, Public Affairs, Emergency Communications, Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services, including Budget, Backgrounds, and Hiring.
Chief Dunn attained a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in 2006. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 239th Session and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, SMIP. He also attended the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program and the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Program.
Chief Dunn has served on a number of boards and is currently a member of the International Association for Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Alumni, Police Executive Research Forum, Virginia and Hampton Roads Association for Chiefs of Police and the Salvation Army Williamsburg Advisory Board.