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Community Conversation with JCC Police Chief Mark Jamison

Chief Jamison addresses the audience. (James City County)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — James City County hosted a meet and greet with newly sworn-in Police Chief Mark Jamison on Monday, July 10 at Legacy Hall.

Scott Stevens, County Administrator, opened the program by welcoming the local citizens,  recognizing the board of supervisor members in attendance, and introducing the new chief.

(Stephanie Sabin/WYDaily)

After greeting the audience, Jamison spent a few minutes sharing his resume and experience as a police officer before stating several goals he has for James City.

Jamison said recruitment to fully staff the department is a priority.

“The number one issue we face in law enforcement, not just here but across the county and throughout Virginia is what?” he asked. “Staffing.”

Another item Jamison stressed is community involvement.

“Moving forward, and I know you have heard this before but, if you see something, say something,” stated Jamison, “The hardest question any citizen has is do I call the police or not? If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, just call. It is easier for us to come and it is not anything than us not showing up when it is an emergency.”

(Stephanie Sabin/WYDaily)

The audience asked a variety of questions and welcomed Jamison before an invitation was extended to the group to informally chat and speak one-on-one. Many residents, both adults and children, took the opportunity to meet the new chief.

“I am really excited about this opportunity. I look forward to engaging our folks and working on their success but, also working with the community,” said Jamison, “I am your police chief, I work for you. I serve the community of James City County. We have a great department here and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Visit here to read more about Chief Jamison’s background and swearing-in ceremony.

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