Criminal Investigations Bureau
Major David Jay is a law enforcement professional who has spent his career fostering community partnerships, developing fellow officers, and shaping the strategic vision of the Williamsburg Police Department.
The Criminal Investigations Bureau is responsible for follow-up investigations of crimes committed against persons or property in the City of Williamsburg, which require a degree of specialization or a centralized investigative approach. All major criminal investigations that are undertaken by the Williamsburg Police Department are conducted by investigators assigned to this Bureau. The property and evidence control function of the police department also falls under the scope of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
The Bureau is under the command of a major and assisted by a sergeant. Investigators are broken into teams to more effectively investigate criminal incidents. They are also allocated to the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force to investigate narcotics violations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Task Force to investigate violent crimes, and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Task Force to assist with human trafficking investigations and other crimes against persons. Investigators work with officers from the Uniform Patrol Bureau to assist in any investigations that may be ongoing.
He began his career with the William & Mary Police Department before transitioning to the Williamsburg Police Department in 2007. During his tenure with Williamsburg, he has primarily served in the patrol division, rising to the rank of lieutenant before ultimately taking the helm of the Uniform Patrol Bureau as an acting major in 2020.
In addition to his work on patrol, he has assisted with the department’s reaccreditation and served as its training coordinator, with responsibility for managing all of the department’s training operations and facilities.
Major Jay is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a concentration in cognitive neuropsychology. He presented peer-reviewed research at the 12th World Congress of Psychophysiology: The Olympics of the Brain, in Porto Carras, Chalkidiki, Greece. He continued his academic pursuits at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary, where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree.