Former Sheriff B.J. Roberts attended the Thomas Nelson Regional Police Academy in 1972 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Hampton University in 1986. Roberts began his law enforcement career as a patrolman on the Newport News Police Force. He then launched a 19-year career with Hampton University's Campus Police, where he moved through the ranks to become the Director of Police and Public Safety until 1992, at which time he was elected the first African-American constitutional officer and Sheriff for the City of Hampton. Because of his experience and expertise in the criminal justice field, Sheriff Roberts was elected or appointed to serve on numerous corrections/criminal justice related boards.
Sheriff Roberts passed away on Dec. 26, 2020,
Sheriff Roberts was committed to involvement in the community. He was a proud member of the following:
Wythe Exchange Club of America.
Alternatives Inc. (board member).
Kenneth Wallace Neighborhood Resource Center.
Salvation Army (Peninsula Command).
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).