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Once an aspiring medical student, Williamsburg police chief finds passion in policing

August 8, 2017 | Virginia News

News Image One summer night back in the late 1990s while responding to a call regarding a disorderly crowd in Portsmouth, Sean Dunn, then a patrol officer with the Portsmouth Police Department, had left the windows of his police cruiser ajar.

When he returned to the vehicle, he noticed that someone had anonymously slid a Bible through the window crack, which landed on the front passenger seat.

More than two decades later, Dunn, who took the helm in June as police chief for the Williamsburg Police Department, still has that Bible, a reminder of why he decided to become a police officer and the sacrifices he makes on a daily basis to protect the communities he has served through the years.

“It was one of those moments where I knew someone was concerned for me and what I do, and was just looking out for me,” said Dunn. “I will always keep that Bible.”

It was never Dunn’s intention to enter law enforcement. Dunn, who grew up in Portsmouth, had initially planned to attend medical school. Then he met his wife, Stacy, while working as an orderly at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, and his life took a detour.

He applied for a position with the Portsmouth Police Department so he could help put his wife through school instead.

“I was looking for a fun, exciting, and rewarding career,” Dunn said. “Twenty-four years later, I find it still to be the case.” ...

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