Law enforcement in Williamsburg evolved from the colonial re-active form of enforcement, to the "Town Sergeant" concept in 1930, to the current pro-active, community-oriented Police Department of today. The Public Safety Communications Center dispatches Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, utilizing the most modern E911 system currently available.
On July 12, 1987, the Williamsburg Police Department became the 49th Law Enforcement Agency in the United States to be awarded Accreditation. The department has received re-accreditation status seven times: 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. The latest on-site assessment and Commission review for re-accreditation will occur in 2018.