Community Engagement/Crime Prevention Officer
Officer Charles S. Stamper entered active duty, U.S. Air Force, in 1999 where he served 15 years before transitioning to the U.S. Air Force Reserves. During his service, Officer Stamper functioned as a Religious Affairs, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of both Chapel Readiness and Training and Chapel Operations. He was later promoted to Technical Sergeant and became a Chapel Superintendent at Dover Air Force Base, DE. Officer Stamper retired after 21 years of total service.
Officer Stamper attended Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond with a concentration in counseling and graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion.
Following Officer Stamper’s military career he became a Richmond Police Officer and served as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Instructor with additional training in leadership, communication, and de-escalation. He then transitioned to the Williamsburg Police Department as a Patrol Officer and was assigned the CIT Coordinator position for the department.
Officer Stamper is currently assigned to the Community Engagement Unit (CEU) as the Community Engagement and Crime Prevention Officer for the Williamsburg Police Department. In this capacity, his responsibilities include, but are not limited to overseeing the police departments outreach programs (i.e. Project Lifesaver, Stuff the Trailer Toy Drive, Back to School drive, etc.), special events such as National Night Out, and coordinating with family/caregivers after law enforcement interactions with individuals in mental health crisis. Officer Stamper coordinates the Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) program and works with Williamsburg residents and businesses on crime prevention awareness to minimize the occurrence of preventable crime while maximizing the role of the public in prevention. This includes the development of neighborhood and business watch programs, public education programs in theft reduction, and volunteer training programs for community support opportunities such as neighborhood watch. Officer Stamper also coordinates programs for crime prevention and suppression such as the house-check program for out-of-town residence. Additionally, as the CIT Coordinator, he is responsible for organizing crisis intervention and verbal de-escalation training programs for officers via the Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS) and Colonial Behavioral Health (CBH).