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Chief Eric A. Peterson was appointed to the Chief of Police with the James City County Police Department on May 16, 2021. Chief Peterson has been with the James City County Police Department since September 1994. Chief 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, Virginia State Police Drug Task Force Coordinator, Operations Division Commander, and the Support Services Division Commander.
Chief 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.
Chief Peterson has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the 277th session of the FBI National Academy and the Professional Executive Leadership School at The University of Richmond.
Chief 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.
Chief Peterson is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a member of the Williamsburg Men’s Club and he is an adjunct professor.
Chief Peterson has received numerous decorations and honors, including James City County’s “Police Officer of the Year” Award and a Virginia State Senate Commendation for Exemplary Service.