Captain J. W. Oliver
Captain J. W. Oliver has been with the Waynesboro Police Department since 1984 when he was first selected as a Reserve Police Officer. He was later employed as a Patrol Officer in June of 1985. Since then, he has been a member of the SWAT Team, Assistant Patrol Shift Commander, Patrol Shift Commander, Services Division Commander, Investigations Division Commander, Operations Division Commander, and Patrol Division Commander. In addition, he is a certified police instructor and is an active trainer for the department and police academy.
Captain Oliver earned an Associate Degree in Police Science with honors from Piedmont Virginia Community College in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Development with honors from Eastern Mennonite University in 2008. He is also a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School and the National Criminal Justice Command College.
Captain Oliver is currently responsible for managing the department's Patrol Division.
The Patrol Division is comprised 36 full time officers and three part-time officers. These officers are distributed into five units which form a uniformed law enforcement group with the responsibility for responding to calls for service, traffic safety, and strategic proactive law enforcement. Four of the units work fixed rotating shifts and one unit works a flexible power shift. The four rotating shifts are allocated a Sergeant, Corporal, and five officers. These units provide law enforcement services to our community 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Within this group we also have a Bicycle Unit comprised of 10 officers. The Bicycle Officers are distributed between the shifts and are deployed during the warmer months of the year. These officers target high crime areas and assist with Community Policing Initiatives.
In addition, this division is supported with a K-9 Officer and partner that work a flexible evening shift. The K-9 Team is a member of the power shift and, in addition to other duties, specializes in drug detection and tracking.
Typical duties associated with the uniformed units include response to calls for service, strategic traffic, parking, and criminal code enforcement, traffic safety initiatives, investigation of traffic crashes, investigation of crimes, order maintenance duties during special events, natural disasters, and other special circumstances, and community policing initiatives. They also utilize and coordinate with many local, state, and federal resources in their efforts and work closely with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney for the administration of justice.
All officers work cooperatively with their fellow Waynesboro officers, other local and national law enforcement agencies, the regional task force, and the community. We emphasize professionalism, team work, information sharing, and a strategic proactive approach to the enforcement of laws and community involvement. The division is managed and supervised in a cooperative team environment by the Captain, Sergeants, and Corporals.