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Posted on: June 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Messages from the Chief of Police and the Board of Supervisors on the Death of George Floyd

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A Message from Chief Rinehimer:
As human beings, we should all be shocked and saddened by the senseless death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis. As a member of law enforcement, I cannot express enough the deep feelings of disappointment, anger and frustration with his death. These types of events have got to stop and we cannot simply sit back and hope things like this will not happen again. We have to demand that all law enforcement agencies are held to the highest standards and that professionalism and compassionate policing are the mainstays of law enforcement in every single agency in our nation.

The difficult job we perform requires assistance from everyone in our communities and these types of incidents erode at the basic foundation upon which we are built. The relationships we have with our citizens are one of the most critical components of our job and when we lose that trust, we stand to lose everything. James City County Police has always been proactive in building and cultivating positive relationships with everyone in our community. I believe this is evident in the time and emphasis we place on community policing and the myriad of community programs we do each and every year. Our community in James City County expects and deserves this high level of service and we strive to never disappoint.

In 2017, local law enforcement leaders and I signed the Historic Triangle Covenant of Mutuality, Inclusion and Understanding with members of the African American Community. We pledged then and we continue to pledge our commitment to honor one another and to work collaboratively through mutual respect and inclusion for the betterment of our entire community. My sincerest and most heartfelt wishes go out to Mr. Floyd’s family and our entire nation for we have all lost so much.

Bradley Rinehimer
June 1, 2020

A Message from the James City County Board of Supervisors:
On May 19, 2017, James City County Police Chief Bradley Rinehimer signed the Historic Triangle Covenant for Mutuality, Inclusion and Understanding Between Law Enforcement and the African American Community. In light of the tragic events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, we wish to reiterate that we remain committed to those principles. The James City County Board of Supervisors would like to reaffirm our concern and our commitment to equality for all of our residents.

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