The Town of Windsor Police Department was authorized by an ordinance enacted by the Town Council on March 13, 1990. From 1990 until 2001, law enforcement services were contracted to the Isle of Wight Sheriff's Office, with all patrol and investigative functions provided by Sheriff’s Deputies.
On December 11th, 2001 the Windsor Town Council swore in Thomas M. Hoernig as their first Chief of Police, thereby establishing the Windsor Police Department. The Department was formalized to a full service law enforcement agency in 2005 with the swearing in of Chief Robert Porti who created a solid foundation for what is now a thriving agency. Chief Riddle was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in July of 2015.
Currently, Windsor is well served by Chief Rodney Riddle, Lieutenant Parker Jernigan, Master Police Officer Wiliford Owens, Detective Robert Swan, Officer Joshua Harris, and Officer C.J. Griffin.. The Windsor Police Department also has a thriving Auxiliary force comprised of fully sworn officers. These officers are committed to providing full service law enforcement coverage to the citizens of the wonderful Town of Windsor, and pledge to uphold the department's motto, "Committed to Community".
The emphasis of the police department is based on the Community Oriented Policing theory combined with Problem-Oriented Policing theories. The agency actively pursues all technologies in the on-going effort to maximize the abilities of each officer. Our primary duties are to answer calls for service, investigate criminal activity, promote citizen education and protection programs, and increase traffic safety through routine enforcement. We also provide youth educational programs, neighborhood watch coordination, gang awareness and diversion training and education and enhanced security patrols for or residents and local businesses.
Chief Rodney D. “Dan” Riddle
Chief R.D. Riddle has been with the Windsor Police Department for since 2011. Prior to joining the WPD, Chief worked for the United States Department of Defense Police and the Portsmouth Police Department. Chief Riddle brings over 15 years of law enforcement experience to the agency. He has worked in Uniform Patrol, Street Crimes Unit, SWAT, Marine Patrol and the Dive Team. Chief Riddle is a VADCJS certified General Instructor and Firearms Instructor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lieutenant Grafton P. “Parker” Jernigan
Lieutenant G.P. Jernigan has been with the Windsor Police Department for 5 years. Prior to joining the WPD, Lt. Jernigan worked for Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office and Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Jernigan brings 12 years of law enforcement experience to the agency. He has worked in Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, SWAT, Community Enforcement Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Lt. Jernigan is a VADCJS certified Field Training Officer. email@example.com
Master Police Officer Wiliford D. “Bill” Owens
Master Police Officer W.D. Owens Jr. has been with the Windsor Police Department for 10 years. Prior to joining the WPD, MPO Owens worked for the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office. MPO Owens has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He has worked as a Jailor, Court Security Officer, Civil Process, Motor Carrier Inspection, Uniform Patrol, and Traffic Enforcement Unit as a Motor Officer. MPO Owens is a VADCJS certified Field Training Officer and Accident Reconstruction Investigator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Joshua L. “Josh” Harris
Officer J.L. Harris has been with the Windsor Police Department for 4 years. Prior to joining the WPD, Officer Harris worked for the Norfolk Police Department. Officer Harris has 6 years of law enforcement experience. He has worked in Uniform Patrol. email@example.com
Detective R.B. "Brandon" Swan has been with the Windsor Police Department for approximately 18 months. Detective Swan brings with him six years of law enforcement experience. Detective Swan previously worked as a patrol officer for the Suffolk Police Department and as a Speical Agent for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Officer Clifton J. Griffin
Officer C.J. Griffin has been employed with the Windsor PD for approximately 6 months. Prior to joining WPD Officer Griffin worked forIsle of Wight Sheriffs Department for 4 years in the patrol division, K-9 Unit and SWAT. Officer Griffin in a U.S. Army veteran, volunteer firefighter and lifelong resident of Windsor.