Deputy Chief of Police
Deputy Chief Carlsen has been with the Williamsburg Police Department for nineteen years. He started in patrol and has moved up through the ranks as an Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Major. He is a graduate of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies 37th session of the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) and holds a Masters of Business Administration in Security Management and Public Administration from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.
In his current position, he oversees the Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Professional Services Bureaus. His duties consist of working with each bureau commander on leadership development and implementation of the Chief’s vision. The Deputy Chief works to promote a cohesive environment among the three bureaus while overseeing and closely working with other departmental personnel to maintain harmonious relationships throughout the organization. The Deputy Chief is responsible for the professional delivery of a wide range of operational and administrative police services to include policy development and the coordination of efforts with community partners, intradepartmental staff, and outside local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Deputy Chief Carlsen strives to ensure that overall, the Williamsburg Police Department’s efforts are directed towards accomplishing the mission of law enforcement as it relates to the department’s mission statement.
"To work in partnership with the citizens of Williamsburg, providing a safe and secure environment consistent with community values, with an emphasis on responsive community-based policing, integrity, fairness, and professionalism through fair and professional police services."