UPDATE MARCH 30, 2020:  The following City of Williamsburg buildings and facilities are closed to the public through April 23:  Municipal Building, Stryker Center, Quarterpath Recreation Center, Waller Mill Park, Police Department and Fire Station (only required staff will be at work, others will be teleworking). Governor Northam issued a "stay at home" executive order through June 10, 2020. Business assistance information can be found here. The City's telephone hotline (for city service questions):  (757) 259-7200 and the Virginia Health Dept. call center (for COVID-19 questions/concerns):  (757) 594-7069.

Uniform Patrol Bureau

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The Uniform Patrol Bureau is under the command of Major Brian Carlsen and is comprised of 28 officers which are divided into four squads and one Community Engagement Unit.  The officers employ a community policing philosophy in keeping with 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."

Each shift is supervised by a lieutenant and a sergeant.  Patrol officers are considered first responders; they are responsible for investigating a variety of crimes and respond to all requests for police services. 

The following special units and services, among others, also fall under the umbrella of the Uniform Patrol Bureau:

  • Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) program
  • Honor Guard
  • Police Motorcycle
  • Police Bicycle
  • Training
  • Traffic Checkpoints
  • Special Events
  • Traffic Data Collection
  • Project Lifesaver
  • Ride Along Program
  • First Responder/Emergency Responder (EMR) Program
  • Career Development Program
  • Extra Duty Employment Requests and Billing


Police Patch clr     Brian Carlsen, Major
Uniform Patrol Bureau
     425 Armistead Ave.
     Williamsburg, VA 23185
     Phone: (757) 220-2331
     Emergency: 911