West Point Police Department

Town of West Point Police Department receives the designation of being the smallest accredited police department in the Commonwealth.

National Chiefs Challenge First Place Winner – Clay J. Hall Memorial Award
Virginia State Chiefs Challenge First Place Winner – Seven Consecutive Years

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the West Point Police Department to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion. We are committed to the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the vigorous enforcement of local, state and federal laws; and the defense of the Constitution of the State of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States of America in a fair and impartial manner. We are committed to serving our community to enhance the quality of life and to nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. Our officers are determined to serve as a deterrent to crime, develop relationships with community groups, residential and business organizations, and promote an environment receptive to tourism, visitors, and residents and to support historic preservation in our Town. Additionally, we are dedicated to our personnel by providing continuous training and educational development, as well as career enhancement opportunities.

The West Point Police Department has and shall continue to provide service of the highest quality to its community and foster partnerships in crime prevention.

Services

The Police Department offers the following programs to the children and citizens of West Point.

  • Child Fingerprinting
  • Halloween Safe Goodies Night at West Point Police Department
  • Tours of the Police Department
  • Smart, Safe, and Sober Program
  • Chiefs Challenge Program
  • D.A.R.E.
  • S.R.O. Program [School Resource Officers]
  • Chief's Children Safety Talk
  • Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Victim Awareness Program
  • H.E.A.T. Program [Help Eliminate Auto Theft]
  • Home Property Checks
  • Secured and Friendly Environment (SAFE) Program


MEET OUR DEDICATED
TOWN OF WEST POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Tom ClarkPolice Chief/ Robert W. (Bobby) Mawyer
wppd-chief@west-point.va.us

Bobby Mawyer is retired from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), where he attained the rank of Captain during a career that spanned over 25 years. A graduate of Highland Springs High School and Virginia Tech, Bobby taught high school for several years prior to becoming a Virginia Game Warden in 1987. While employed with the VDGIF, he attended a number of leadership and management programs. Prior to his retirement and currently, he remains active in the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition (VALEAC) and serves as the organizations Vice President. Bobby enjoys a number of interests outside the realm of law enforcement and is proud to serve the citizens and visitors of the Town of West Point.

Bobby is married to his wife (Carol) of nearly 30 years and together, they have three grown children.

Administrative Assistant / Karen H. Schumacher
wppd-admin@west-point.va.us

Mrs. Schumacher was born in Maryland and relocated to Virginia in January 2002. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service and then the Federal Bureau of Investigation, HQ-DC. She resigned from the federal government as a GS 14 working as a management analyst for an Assistant Director in Washington, DC at headquarters. She started working for the West Point Police Department in December 2011 as an Administrative Assistant for Chief Hodges.

Sergeant/ Lisa Woodson
wppd-sgt@west-point.va.us

Sergeant Woodson worked for Williamsburg City Police as a patrol officer, New Kent Sheriff’s Office both as a dispatcher and as a Deputy Sheriff. I have been with West Point Police since 2003 as a patrol officer and in 2005 was promoted to Sergeant.

Investigator David M. Taylor
wppd-taylord@west-point.va.us

David M. Taylor has been a law enforcement officer for 22 years. He started his career in 1990 when he attended Hampton Roads Regional Criminal Justice Academy. He was certified for Courtroom Security and Civil Process, then in Law Enforcement. He is also certified as a Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Photography, Intoxilyzer Operator, General Instructor, Radar Operator, Lidar Radar Operator, First Line Supervisor, Homicide Investigations, Narcotic Investigations, Confidential Informant Rescue (Tactical), Sniper Certification, DUI Courtroom Testimony Enhancement, Handling Confidential Informants, and the Gang Specialist for the State and Town.

He is currently assigned to the Twin Rivers Narcotics Task Force and has been assigned as the Investigator for the Town of West Point. He also maintains a supervisory position and he is assigned to be an on-call supervisor.

Senior Officer Jason D. Harlow
wppd-harlowj@west-point.va.us

After graduating from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in 1995 Jason Harlow began his career as a deputy with the King William County Sherriff’s Department where he was assigned to patrol the Town of West Point area. In 1998 he was sworn in as an auxiliary officer with the newly formed Town of West Point Police Department. He became full-time with the Town of West Point Police in 1999. Since his employment he has completed several training courses including The John Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation, Effective Leadership, Basic Investigations, Homicide Investigations, and Crime Prevention & Intoxilyzer Certification. He served as Investigator for the Police Department for four years during which time he was also assigned to the Virginia State Police Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force. During his time with the Department he has been awarded “Employee of the Year” from the Town, and “Citizen of the Year” from the local VFW along with several other commendations. He has lived most of his life in West Point with just a brief period of time away during his younger years. He currently resides in the Town of West Point.

Master Patrol Officer Carlos Moran
wppd-moranc@west-point.va.us

Carlos Moran served his country as an Intelligence Analyst and an Imagery Analyst in the Regular Army and the Army Reserves for eight years (6 x 2). He has a combination of 12 years in law enforcement experience. He has worked as a Fingerprint Technician for the Bureau of Criminal Identification in the NYPD and also as a law enforcement officer. Upon arrival to Virginia he worked as a Deputy Sheriff (booking officer) in the Newport News Sheriff’s office. He is an experienced Transportation Officer and a Jail Officer in the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Middlesex County. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminalistics with Saint Leo University in 2011. While matriculated, he was able to obtain the position of Master Police Officer with the Town of West Point. He has current certifications needed to maintain that position and will also continue to pursue his Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Among the many certifications that he has obtained, he is most fond of having completed the Science of Fingerprints and the NYPD and the Science of Fingerprints course presented by the FBI and hosted by the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy. He also has completed the Basic SWAT course in Hampton Roads and has completed the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) hosted by Homeland Security. Officer Moran is fluent in Spanish.

Master Patrol Officer Eric D. Mitchell
wppd-mitchelle@west-point.va.us

Eric D. Mitchell started working with the Town of West Point, as a dispatcher in 2004. After dispatching, he began his career as a police officer. He graduated from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in 2005. October 19, 2005, he became a police officer with the Town of West Point. Since being employed as a police officer with West Point, he has received the Highway Safety Award every year since 2006. He has also been recognized by MADD, for two consecutive years. He is currently enrolled at Rappahannock Community College, pursuing an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is a certified Field Training Officer, General Instructor, in charge of the Law Enforcement Chief’s Challenge, the Smart, Safe and Sober Coordinator, and just recently became a Master Patrol Officer.

Police Officer Richard Morris
wppd-morrisr@west-point.va.us

Officer Morris began with West Point Police Department in February 2013 as an Auxiliary Police Officer.  In August, 2013, Officer Morris accepted employment as a full-time police officer with West Point. He attended high school and college in Honolulu, HI.  He served as a Fire Protection Specialist in the United States Air Force for 5 years and his assignments included Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, Osan Air Base, South Korea and Comayagua Air Base, Honduras.  Richard has over 17 years law enforcement experience with Southampton County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned as an Investigator, Public Information Officer, Crime Line Manager and a member of the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.  He has attended numerous specialty training courses and is a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) Advanced Public Information Officer Training, and is a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services General instructor.  He has further training in Post-Bomb Blast Investigations, Child Abuse Investigations, Community Policing and First Line Supervisor Training.

Police Officer William P. Schramm
wppd-schrammw@west-point.va.us

William Schramm attended high school in Ithaca, New York and Rappahannock Community College where he studied protective services. He graduated from the training academy during his auxiliary time with the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office. His training includes first aid/CPR/BBP/AED, VCIN qualified, radar, suicide prevention, cultural diversity, and physical fitness testing. Officer Schramm was employed by the West Point Police Department in May 2012. He relocated to this area in 1998 to serve his final tour with the U.S. Coast Guard retiring as a Gunner’s Mate Chief in 2003. During his career he served on several different vessels on both the east and west coasts. He has conducted many boarding’s at sea enforcing federal commercial fishery laws, drug interdiction and safety inspections. After retiring he found himself as the sole boat mechanic at a nice acre marina in Deltaville, Va. He remained there for three years before venturing out with his own mobile boat repair business that he operated successfully for the next five years. He returned to Law Enforcement by being selected to attend the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy in Newport News, Va. He graduated the Auxiliary Basic Law Enforcement Class in 2010 and became an Auxiliary Deputy with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. He worked and trained with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office for a year before being hired on full time at West Point Police Department.

Auxiliary Police Officer George Longest
wppd-longestg@west-point.va.us

Officer Longest graduated from Middlesex High School and is employed by the York County Fire and Life Safety Department. He is a paramedic with York County and supervises the medics at Busch Gardens Park. He was also employed by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office for nine years and maintains his sworn status with the West Point Police Department. Officer Longest has served his community for over 21 years and continues today.

Auxiliary Police Officer Tim Sawyer
wppd-sawyert@west-point.va.us

Officer Sawyer is a native of Newport News Virginia and has resided in Gloucester County for the past seventeen years. He is a graduate from Denbigh High school and also has attended Thomas Nelson Community College where he received an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate. Officer Sawyer served his country in the Army Reserves as a heavy equipment mechanic. He has over twelve years’ experience in the aerospace industry conducting research and development as a wind tunnel model technician. He has worked on multiple exciting projects including the space shuttle program and many national and international fighter jet programs. He owned and operated a residential construction company for seven years and in 2011 graduated from the Newport News Police training academy and served the citizens of Newport News as a Patrol Officer.

 

Organizational Values

Pride

We are committed to conducting ourselves in a manner that brings honor to the department, the Town, and ourselves.

Respect

We are committed to respecting the individual rights, human dignity and the value of all members of the community and the department.

Integrity

We are committed to nurturing the public trust by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics.

Dedication

We are committed to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service to the community with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within the Town of West Point, Virginia.

Excellence

We are committed to achieving a level of performance that exceeds all expectations. We Begin with Pride and End with Excellence

 

History of the West Point Police Department

The Town of West Point was incorporated on July 19, 1870 and realizing a need for a police department they employed Mr. Hunsford Anderson as Sergeant of the Town on September 15, 1870. His duties were not restricted to law enforcement functions, but included town clerk, treasurer, and duties of a town manager. On January 3, 1871, the Mayor, John Whitbeck, appointed eight special policemen whose duty would entail assisting the Sergeant when called upon to preserve the peace and to arrest any violators. These officers were paid one dollar [$1.00] per incident whereby an arrest or other special duties were performed.The Mayor appointed two police officers on October 4, 1876, Officer David D. Harrison and Andrew Hicks. Nearly one hundred years later, on July 1, 1976, the Town of West Point decided to obtain law enforcement coverage from the King William Sheriff's Office. This contractual agreement continued for the next twenty-two years.

The Town decided to end its utilization of the Sheriff's Office and establish their own Police Department and on August 15th 1998, the West Point Police Department was formed with six full time personnel, who include the Chief of Police, five police officers, and two civilian personnel.

The newly formed Police Department initiated its operational development through community oriented policing. The Chief of Police initiated a walking beat on Main Street, where the majority of the town's businesses are located. The program known as "Park, Walk, and Talk", which entailed officers parking their patrol vehicles and walking Main Street the major commercial district, entering businesses to check on daily activities, and form a relationship with owners and citizens alike. The relationship with business owners assisted the department in reducing criminal activities, by obtaining information of any illegal activities that could be dissolved prior to it becoming a major problem

In 1999 the West Point School system met with the Chief of Police to discuss the ongoing problems nationwide with school violence. The department obtained a grant for a school resource officer who would work in the schools on a full time basis to form bonds with the youth of our community. The school resource officer interacts with the students, staff, and parents on a daily basis continuing the community police philosophy adopted by the West Point Police Department. Some programs implemented by the School Resource Officers are the D.A.R.E. program, The Buckle Up Challenge, The Prom Promise, and Fatal Vision Consequences Program.

The department utilized local news media to deliver the department's mission statement "Dedication to Public Safety". The department understood that survival could not be achieved without full community support.

Awards

The department strives to remain current in its involvement in programs designed to educate the public about safety, awareness, and it's law enforcement efforts in the community. The West Point Police Department participates in the law enforcement "Chiefs Challenge" the Smart, Safe and Sober Campaign, the America Buckles up Children Campaign, You Booze You Lose Campaign, Child Safety Seat Training, and the HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) Program. Our public education efforts paid off and the department was recognized with several awards.

The department has reached several of its original goals that the citizens of the Town of West Point originally had for their police department. The response times for calls for service have been reduced by fifty percent since the inception of the department. Through community police oriented programs we have built a relationship of trust and confidence in the law enforcement community we serve. Citizens and officers are working together to deter and solve crimes that occur in our community. The West Point Police Department presently consists of a Chief of Police, Sergeant, School Resource Officer, Four Patrol officers, and one investigator. The Chief of Police frequently publishes articles with the local news media to inform citizens of our education, public safety, and enforcement efforts. The technological advancement has been achieved through grants and personal expertise of its members. The department has installed high speed internet connectivity and obtained grant supported Regional Data Sharing with King William County, New Kent County, and King & Queen County Sheriff departments. The department has equipped the officers with grant funded radar systems, in-car video cameras, spike tire deflation strips, two patrol bicycles, speed trailer, and a Stealth Stat speed/traffic analysis unit.

The department has received recognition for their efforts in the reduction of intoxicated operators through the M.A.D.D. award.

Our department will continue its "DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SAFETY" and strive for excellence in its community policing efforts.

 

1st place winner

The West Point Police Department recently received recognition as the 1st place winner of the Municipal 1 category in the 2012 Virginia Law Enforcement Chief’s Challenge Award program. This award recognizes the best in traffic safety and law enforcement efforts in Virginia. The Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge is the oldest state challenge awards program in the country and 2012 marked the twenty-fourth year of the program’s existence. In all, 35 agencies were recognized with awards in this extremely prestigious and competitive process. An official presentation of this award by a representative of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) will occur at the Town Council meeting on September 24, 2013.

Report a Crime, Complaint or Submit a Commendation

Please click appropriate link below, fill out the form and either mail or drop off:

Crime form

Complaint form (other)

Traffic Complaint form

Commendation form

Emergency Information

Emergency Medical Information

If you live in the Town of West Point and you have a special medical condition, this information, along with directions to your home, can be entered into our 911 system and will appear on our 911 screen should we receive a call from you. It is helpful to have this information ahead of time since such details can be forgotten in an emergency situation. Feel free to call our Dispatch Center at 843-2670. The questionnaire form is attached here.