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William and Mary Police

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Sworn members  21 full-time officers
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency
Legal jurisdiction  College of William & Mary
General nature  Law enforcement Civilian agency
Agency executive  Deborah Cheesebro, Chief
Specialty units  Community Outreach Programs, Emergency Response Division, Bicycle Unit

The William & Mary Police Department (WMPD) is a nationally accredited police department with jurisdiction over The College of William & Mary located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The department’s accreditation with the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission was awarded on February 9, 2001.

The department is located on campus in the office area of the parking garage at 201 Ukrop Way near Swem Library. Its emergency response operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

The department has 21 full-time police officers who are complemented in their duties by six dispatchers and 11 other security personnel. The department also employs one investigator. The force is headed by Chief Deborah Cheesebro. On September 15, 2014, Cheesebro became the first female police chief in William & Mary’s 321-year history.

WMPD officers have jurisdiction and legal authority on all university-owned property and work closely and share jurisdiction with the Williamsburg Police Department, the James City County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies.


William & Mary Police Wikipedia

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