Bike Helmet Safety is important for riders of all ages. James City County code requires that every person 14 years of age or younger wear a protective helmet when riding a bike. In order to help prevent serious head injuries, riders must wear a properly fitted helmet. Police officers are available to demonstrate the proper use and fit of bike helmets to anyone interested.
Bike Rodeos are designed to help children improve their riding skills while promoting bike safety. Children are taught the proper way to wear a helmet, proper hand signals and how to steer and maneuver while riding a bike. Children will also navigate through road courses where traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crossings are simulated. Bike Rodeos are a fun and interactive way for children to learn the important rules of the road.
The Police Department offers a free bike registration for citizens of James City County. The program is designed to help deter theft of bicycles and to assist police in returning recovered bicycles. To register for this program, you must complete a registration form and make an appointment with a Community Services Unit officer who will verify the information provided. Registration forms are available online (below) and at the following locations:
Bike Beat - 4640 Monticello Avenue (Monticello Marketplace)
Bikes Unlimited - 230 Monticello Avenue
James City County Law Enforcement Center - 4600 Opportunity Way
Child ID cards are free identification cards for children. One of the most helpful tools for local law enforcement when searching for a lost child is a recent photograph. Child IDs contain both a photo and fingerprint of the child along with physical descriptors that could be helpful if they ever became lost. Child ID events are held routinely at various locations throughout the county or by appointment.
Project Lifesaver's mission is to use technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer's and Related Mental Disorders (ARMD), including autism, and others who are at high risk of wandering. Project Lifesaver places personalized radio transmitters on identified persons with ARMD. These transmitters assist local emergency agencies in locating those who cannot help themselves.
The James City County Explorer Post is an organization that encourages young people (male and female) to participate in numerous educational and recreational activities while learning about a career in law enforcement. Participants participate in hands-on training and team building events in order to experience some aspects of this occupation. One must have completed the 8th grade and be between 14 and 21 years old to participate in the program. To find out more about the Explorers program, have your child contact the School Resource Officer at their school or contact Sgt. Brian Staton by email or at 757-253-1800.
C.O.P.s (Community Outreach Program) Camp
The James City County Police Department C.O.P.s (Community Outreach Program) Camp is a week-long day camp for youth between the ages of 10 and 13. C.O.P.s Camp focuses on engaging today’s youth in their community by volunteering and fundraising for a local non-profit organization.
C.O.P.s Camp participants are split into teams led by a Police Officer mentor. The teams compete against each other for prizes and rewards based on activities, tasks and fund-raising efforts.