Secondary Education: B.S. Criminal Justice, Appalachian State University
Criminal Justice Education: General Instructor (North Carolina Justice Academy); Piedmont Leadership Academy (Guilford Technical Community College)
Awards: Officer of the Month (March 2011); Durham Police Department Community Service Award (2015); NCLEWA President's Award (2015)
I grew up in Havelock, NC which is a military town in eastern North Carolina. My grandfather was a Marine, and I grew up wanting to follow in his footsteps. As I got older, I decided I wanted to have more of an impact on the local community and decided to focus my career path toward law enforcement. In 2002, I went to Appalachian State University and received my degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Sociology and Psychology.
In 2007, I joined the Durham Police Department and have been there for the last 10 years. I have served on Uniform Patrol, Warrant Squad, and Criminal Investigations Division. In 2015, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and currently supervise 11 officers on the southwest side of Durham. I have also served on the Employee Advisory Board for the Durham Police Department since 2011.
In my spare time, I coach soccer for the Durham Police Athletic League. I coach 3rd to 5th graders at Club Blvd. Elementary School, and in the Fall we play every Saturday. Two years ago we began a developmental program for our soccer team which runs one Saturday a month from Spring through Summer.
I have a passion for teaching and mentoring in law enforcement, and in February of 2014 I went to General Instructor School. I teach Interview & Interrogation and In-Custody transport for the Durham and Chapel Hill Police Academies as well as Diversity, Ethics, and Anti-harassment for the City of Durham. In the future, I plan to get my Masters in Adult Learning and Higher Education so that I can assist in effecting change in training standards and opportunities for law enforcement officers.
As your treasurer, I have overseen the implementation of electronic collection of memberships and dues which has allowed us to keep better records. My goals for the future of NCLEWA are to continue to improve our website and make it easier for members to access information and stay informed of upcoming events.