Meet James Layne
James is a native of rural Essex County, VA, and is one of twelve siblings. James is a graduate of Essex High School, Class of 1983, in Tappahannock, VA, where he enjoyed participating in football, basketball, and track and field. He graduated from Rappahannock Community College, earning an Associate’s Degree in Police Science. James is also a graduate of Strayer University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in homeland security and emergency management (Cum Laude).
James is also a graduate of the 238th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; the Virginia Police Chief’s Foundation, Professional Executive Leadership School, University of Richmond; the Public Safety Institute of Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs; the Institute for Leadership in Changing Times, Virginia Tech; and the National Honor Guard Academy.
James started his law enforcement career with the Virginia Division of Capitol Police in 1985 and relocated to Henrico County in 1987. James has 33 years of service with the force and has served as Patrolman, Shift Sergeant, Lieutenant-Watch Commander, and, most recently, serving as Lieutenant overseeing Special Operations. James retired from the Division on January 1, 2019. James also served in the Virginia Army National Guard, Battery A- 2nd/111th Field Artillery, 29th Light infantry Division for nine years and was awarded the Army’s Military Achievement Medal for outstanding leadership while participating in military field exercises at Fort Bragg, NC in 1990.
James and his wife, Shelley, have been married for 29 years and have two sons; Brandon, 2013 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University; and Grant, a Senior at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
In his spare time, James enjoys fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.