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Rinehimer named James City County Police Chief

February 20, 2014 | VACP

Acting James City County Administrator, Doug Powell, has announced Bradley J. Rinehimer as the County’s Police Chief effective March 1, 2014. Rinehimer has been Acting Chief since former Police Chief Emmett Harmon retired in December 2013.

Rinehimer has been with the Police Department over eighteen years with experience in budgeting, special planning, promotion processes, accreditation and policy development and implementation. He has extensive knowledge of all Divisions within the Department.

Rinehimer attributes the Department’s proactive approach to community education, collaboration and outreach as the reasons why the County has a low crime rate.

“First and foremost, our Department will continue to protect and serve the citizens of the County. Looking forward, one of the emerging problems I see here and across the nation is the growing concern with mental illness,” says Rinehimer. “This issue is a community problem that must be addressed through a collaborative effort of all those involved.”

Other areas Rinehimer wants to address in the future is the increased workload placed upon officers and the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a highly qualified, modern, and diverse workforce. “We need to continue to increase our involvement in the community and appeal to a more diverse applicant pool,” he added.

“As our community continues to grow, our Police Department will need to change and grow with it. I, along with the Board of Supervisors, have the confidence that Brad will lead the Department in to a challenging future,” says Powell.

Rinehimer is a successful graduate of the FBI National Academy, Professional Executive Development School and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development School. He received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati. Over the course of his career, he has a proven track record of community involvement that includes working as a patrol officer, school resource officer, community resource officer and community services unit Lieutenant.

Rinehimer will lead more than 90 sworn law enforcement officers who annually respond to approximately 20,000 calls for service each year. The Department is divided into six functional components: Uniform Division, Investigations Division, Community Services, Administrative Services, Colonial Community Corrections and Animal Control.


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