JAMES CITY COUNTY — The James City County Police Department (JCCPD) gathered Jan. 12 with county officials, friends, and family to celebrate the career and retirement of Master Police Officer Alan McDowell Jr.
“We would like to publicly thank and praise MPO McDowell for his service to our community and his honorable career with our department,” JCCPD said in a press release.
McDowell served with the department since 1991, retiring on Nov. 30. He was presented with his retirement badge by Interim Chief Dallman.
According to JCCPD, during his career, McDowell served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Homeland Defense Officer, and Crime Prevention Officer, and in addition to his regular duties, served on the department’s SWAT Team and Tactical Field Force.
He also achieved instructor certifications in numerous disciplines, the department noted, including Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Baton, OC, EVOC /Driving, Basic Life Support, Naloxone, Project Lifesaver, and RAD, and achieved and kept his certification as a state and nationally-certified Crime Prevention Specialist.
McDowell has an associate degree in Criminal Justice from J. Sergeants Reynolds Community College and continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University.
McDowell received the following awards during his career:
- Officer of the Year 1999
- Outstanding Service 2000 (Presented by the JCC Board of Supervisors)
- SWAT Operator of the Year 2007
- Meritorious Service Award 2009
- Distinguished Service Award 2014
- Meritorious Service Award 2016
- Community Policing Award 2020
- Life-Saving Award 2022
- Community Policing Award 2022