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State Capitol Police Welcomes New Chief

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RALEIGH – A new Chief of Police for State Capitol Police was sworn in on Tuesday in a formal ceremony at the Justice Building in Raleigh.
Chief Roger “Chip” Hawley was welcomed to his new role by Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks, who provided opening remarks. Hawley will supervise all officers and non-sworn personnel of State Capitol Police, a division of the Department of Public Safety.

“Chip Hawley has been an outstanding addition to the department following his distinguished service at the Wake County Sheriff’s Office,” said Secretary Hooks. “I have come to know the caliber of the man and he is the kind of compassionate and capable leader we need in law enforcement today and going forward. I look forward to working with Chief Hawley as we strive to keep the public safe.”

State Capitol Police, whose primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment within the North Carolina State Government Complex, also investigates crimes within its jurisdiction. In addition, the agency monitors emergency alarms at state-owned facilities 24/7 across North Carolina, directing emergency responders as needed. Hawley replaces the retiring Glen Allen.
The oath of office was administered by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin. Shortly after the ceremony, Chief Justice Martin and Secretary Hooks met with Chief Hawley and his family and friends to congratulate them.

Hawley, a veteran law enforcement professional with more than 36 years of experience, had been serving as deputy chief of the agency since March. Before joining SCP’s ranks, Hawley retired from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for 32 years and attained the rank of major. Hawley attended Campbell University and has received a variety of specialized law enforcement certifications including Law Enforcement Motorcycle Operator and Instructor and is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program, sponsored by North Carolina State University.

He holds a law enforcement General Instructor Certification and received the Wake County Sheriff’s Officer of the Year award in 2001. Hawley is a native of Coats, North Carolina.

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