The mission of the Tactical Field Force is to provide a well-disciplined, well trained and efficient unit, which can be utilized by the Chief of Police in situations of civil disturbances, union conflicts, public demonstrations or other events involving large or disorderly crowds which require skillful response by law enforcement. The Tactical Field Force is commanded by Sergeant Chris Belote, who is appointed by and reports directly to the Chief of Police and the Operations Division Major on matters involving the utilization of the Tactical Field Force.
The James City County Police Department’s Tactical Field Force is primarily responsible for responding to pre-planned events and/or demonstrations for crowd control/visible police presence. Additionally, they respond to any incident which has a propensity for crowd violence, which through containment and specialized tactics would more likely be resolved without injury or loss of life. The Tactical Field Force may be called upon on short notice for unexpected crowds and unlawful assemblies, to oversee and assist in lost-person searches or other situations where specialized tactics may be necessary. Specialized training includes less lethal force options.