Eric Peterson

Support Services
Title: Major
Phone: 757-259-5143

Major Eric Peterson has been with the James City County Police Department since September 1994. Major Peterson has served as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Virginia State Police Special Officer, General Assignment Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Community Services Unit Lieutenant, Investigations Lieutenant, and as a Virginia State Police Drug Task Force Coordinator.

Major Peterson served 17 years on the Department’s SWAT Team as a Sniper/Observer, Assistant Team Commander, and Team Commander. He is also a Defensive Tactics Instructor and he teaches interviewing and interrogation techniques. Major Peterson has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Legal Studies from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.

Major Peterson served in the United States Army and Army Reserve. He held a variety of leadership positions to include Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Acting Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He retired as a First Sergeant with 22 years of service. He is a member of the Williamsburg Men's Club and the Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency Board of Directors. Major Peterson has received numerous decorations and honors, to include James City County’s "Police Officer of the Year" Award and a Virginia State Senate Commendation for Exemplary Service.

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