The James City County Police Department proudly recognized its exemplary officers' outstanding achievements and unwavering dedication during its Annual Award Ceremony on May 16. Senior Officer Justin White was awarded the highest honor, Officer of the Year:
Over the course of the past year, SPO Justin White has been instrumental in several accomplishments within the department. Justin serves as a senior officer on A Squad and is a valued emerging leader within his shift. SPO White serves as a lead OIC on his shift and is called upon by both his supervisors and fellow officers for his experience and expertise in various fields.
SPO White is a firearms, Taser, and OC instructor and is one of the most active instructors within the department. This past year he was given the responsibility for completing all mandated training while also working to maintain proper staffing levels for all units during this training. Officer White developed a training plan for this which worked excellently and provided all necessary training despite critical staffing shortages. He also developed and taught training for the department on solo response to active shooter situations. Furthermore, he created and participated in various other trainings on a regular basis.
Senior Officer White consistently maintains such a high level of professionalism, both with the public and his coworkers, that he sets the example for how an officer should always portray themselves. He volunteers for assignments on a regular basis and never hesitates to assist whenever needed. SPO White is a certified ground tracker and assisted in the ground tracking of a missing suicidal juvenile, who was ultimately found unharmed and provided crisis treatment. Justin also received the Officer of the Quarter Award for 2022.
Due to his stellar level of professionalism and expertise, his willingness to consistently work toward the betterment of our officers and our department, and his proven ability as a leader among his peers, Senior Officer Justin White is James City County Police Department’s 2023 Officer of the Year.
Below is the complete list of award recipients:
(Key: POI/II = Police Officer One/Two, SPO = Senior, MPO = Master, INV = Investigator SGT = Sergeant, LT = Lieutenant)
Certificate of Appreciation
Letters of Commendation
- POI Caleb Crawford, POII Joey Powell, MPO Walter Whitt, INV Leslie Sten, MPO Jenn Tackes, POII Jesse Harmon, POII Cheyne Morrison, SPO Roop (x3), POII Courtney Casper, Eric Darden, MPO Frantz, SGT Marc Marchand (x2), SGT Tiara Suggs, MPO Fitzsimmons, SPO Ryan Moore, SPO Kara Mayfield, SPO Justin White, and Mitchell Anderson
Investigating Service Award
Distinguished Service Medal
- MPO Jeremy Morris and LT Chris O’Neil
Meritorious Service Award
- MPO Michael Bowen, MPO Brandon Frantz, and MPO Daniel Jackson
Supervisory Service Award
- LT Thomas Johnson and LT Chris O’Neil
- MPO Chad Perrigan, SPO Trey Heinrich, MPO Walter Whitt, MPO Jonathan Evans, SPO Kara Mayfield (x2), and LT Jason Slodysko
We congratulate and celebrate all for their achievements and are grateful for their commitment to keeping our community safe.
Tayleb Brooks, PR and Special Projects Administrator