Support Services Bureau
Major Craig Smith
Major Craig “CC” Smith, a native of Southern California while growing up as a military dependent, Major Smith has traveled extensively through the United States and abroad. Captain Smith graduated from Wayne Community College with an AAS Degree in Criminal Justice and from N.C. Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Hired by Wilson Police Department, in 1989 he graduated from Coastal Plain Law Enforcement Academy. Since then, he has worked various assignments including Patrol, Selective Enforcement, Bicycle Team, and Central Business District patrol. Major Smith was certified as a North Carolina Criminal Justice Instructor in 1996 and he graduated from both the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 1998 and the L. E. A. D. S. Management Program at the University of Virginia in 2001. Major Smith has served as the South District Commander, Special Response Team Commander, Field Operations Commander, and he is currently the Support Services Bureau Commander. Major Smith enjoys hunting, fishing, off-road racing, youth sports, and scouting. He is married and has great 3 children, a dog and a cat.
Captain Kendra Howell
Captain Kendra Howell is the Commander of the Administration Division. Captain Kendra Howell is a native of Wayne County, North Carolina. She began her career with the Wilson Police Department in October 1993. During her years with our department, Kendra has been apart of the following divisions/functions: training officer, former SRT member, Honor Guard member, juvenile detective, Patrol and Administrative Sergeant, and former Accreditation Manager. Kendra earned her BS degree in Science from East Carolina University and has 12 hours of graduate level courses in management from North Carolina State University. Additionally, Kendra earned her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Public Administration in May 2012 from Methodist University. She is a certified instructor through North Carolina Training and Standards commission. She currently teaches juvenile law, mental illness and retardation, and instructor certification classes. Kendra was Commander of the Central District for eight years. Her current position is Special Operations Division Commander. She is responsible for the general oversight over the following duties and functions: Off Duty Assignments, Community Relations, Police Information Systems Coordinator, Records, Field Training Program, Citizen Academy Program,Vehicle Maintenance, Building Maintenance, Taxi Permits, Downtown Officer, and major events within the city.
Sergeant John Slaughter
PIO/Barton College Sergeant
Sergeant Stuart Haste
The mission of the Barton District of the City of Wilson Police Department is to contribute toward the quality of life in and around Barton College by fostering a reasonably safe and secure environment in which; security is balanced with freedom of movement, individual rights are balanced with community needs, and the pursuit of learning, teaching, and research can take place.
Wilson City's Barton District Police Station is a full service police agency with full police powers
Records: The Records Section is supervised by a Police Records Supervisor who is responsible for all report maintenance and warrants, providing data and support documentation upon request, preparing activity reports, maintaining the department’s computerized record keeping programs and payroll. This section also performs the duties of the Telephone Response System which take reports from walk-in and call-in complainants.
Public Information: The Public Information Officer handles all contact with media representatives, coordinates community events on behalf of the police department, conducts research as directed by staff members, works in crime analysis, as well as other tasks assigned by staff.
Police Information Systems: This section consists of the Police Information Systems Coordinator and the Crime Analyst/Microcomputer Technician. The Police Informations Systems Coordinator supervises the Crime Analyst/Microcomputer Technician. This unit is responsible for technical support, maintenance and upgrades for all department computers. The Police Information Systems Coordinator is the department’s liaison with the City’s Information Technology Service and other city and county agencies.
Park Ranger: The Park Ranger is responsible for patrolling and enforcing laws and city ordinances on all City parks and recreational facilities.
Downtown Officer: The Downtown Officer is responsible for patrolling and enforcing the laws and city ordinances in the Central Business District.
Professional Standards Division
Captain Eric Smith
Captain Eric Smith is the Professional Standards Division Captain. He is responsible for general oversight in the following areas: Accreditation, Training, Grant Management, Recruitment, Procurement, Departmental Property, Budgeting, Internal Affairs, Inspections, Explorer Program, Housing Officer, and School Crossing Guards. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from East Carolina University. He has worked at the Wilson Police Department since October of 1991. He is an Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) Graduate of N.C. State University. His initial assignment was in the Uniformed Patrol Division in 1991. Eric was transferred to the Special Operations Division in 1994 to serve on the Selective Enforcement Unit. In 1996, he moved into a Juvenile Investigative position. In 2000, he was transferred to work in Financial Crimes. In 2002, he was transferred to Support Services to become the Department’s Crime Analyst. In September of 2003, Eric was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and transferred to the Patrol Division. In July of 2006, Eric was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to his current position.
Eric is a self admitted technology “geek” and loves to work with computers and technology. He has had training in both computer forensics and forensic video analysis. He is a certified law enforcement instructor and routinely instructs at the Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Training Center.
Eric lives in Wilson, is married, and has two children. In addition to computers, Eric loves bass fishing and woodworking. He currently is a Co-Captain of the department’s Relay for Life Team and the Post Advisor for the department’s Explorer Post.
Sergeant Jacqui Boykin
Internal Affairs: This function is performed by the Professional Standards Captain who reports directly to the Chief of Police. Internal Affairs is responsible for investigating all serious complaints and allegations of misconduct by members of the Wilson Police Department. The Professional Standards Captain is responsible for processing and maintaining all case files regarding complaints and internal investigations conducted by police personnel. If you have a complaint about a member of the Wilson Police Department or to receive information on complaints filed against our members in preceding years, call Captain Eric Smith at 252-399-2321.
Inspections: The Professional Standards Captain is responsible for ensuring that members of the police department are adhering to policies and procedures. This is accomplished through periodic inspections.
Accreditation: The responsibility of this unit shall be the management of Accreditation files and to insure that periodic required activities (reports, reviews and inspections) are being met. The Accreditation Manager is responsible for the management of the Accreditation files and shall be assisted by other assigned personnel from time to time as needed. The Accreditation Manager will also be responsible for grants as well as other duties that may be assigned under Support Services. - In December of 2011, the Wilson Police Department participated in its seventh re-accreditation on-site assessment process through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., also known as C.A.L.E.A. The Wilson Police Department met with C.A.L.E.A. Commissioners at the National Conference in Mobile, AL in March 2012. At that conference, the WPD was officially re-accredited for the seventh time.
Our Department was first accredited in 1987 and was the second department to become accredited in North Carolina and the forty-seventh department in the United States. C.A.L.E.A. was established in 1979 for the purpose of developing a national accredited process for law enforcement agencies to voluntarily demonstrate that they could meet an established set of professional standards. The Department has recently completed its seventh re-accreditation.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Wilson Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville VA, 20155. Or Email at email@example.com.
Training: Coordinates in-service training programs that address the needs of the department. Provides career development counseling and schedules re-certification and other classes as approved through the chain of command.
Recruitment: Recruits and processes qualified applicants. Serves as a liaison with the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy personnel and Department sponsored applicants. Also serves as the liaison for the Department’s Health Maintenance program.
Grants: The Wilson Police Department actively seeks state and federal grant funds when available. If the grant requirements and criteria can be met, i.e. population number, etc., approval to apply is requested from the Wilson City Council. Approval from City Council is necessary due to matching fund requirements which the City of Wilson has to comply with. Grant funding in the past has allowed the City and the Police Department to hire officers, purchase equipment, computer software and hardware and afforded the Department the opportunity to further its community policing efforts through expanding programs and opening district stations in the neighborhoods.
Special Operations Division
Captain Tad Shelton
Captain Tad Shelton is the Commander of the Special Operations Division. He is a native of Greene Co. and has been employed with the City of Wilson for 20 years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Justice Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is an Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) Graduate of N.C. State University. Tad's duties include the general oversight over the following duties and functions: PORT Team, Gang Unit, STEP Unit, Vice & Narcotics, Task Force Investigators, Barton College, Park Police, Domestic Violence, Police Information Officer, and Crime Analysis. He has had the pleasure of serving in many functions within the Wilson Police Department. His initial assignment was in the Uniformed Patrol Division in 1987. He was transferred to the Special Operations Division in 1994 to serve as a narcotics detective. In 1995, he moved into a general investigative position, specializing in white collar crimes. In 1997, Tad was given the opportunity to work as with the Burglary Task Force, concentrating on property crimes. In 1998, Shelton was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His first assignment was to supervise a patrol team. He later transferred back to the Special Operations Division where he served as the first line supervisor in the Street Crimes Unit. His next assignment came as a transfer to Barton College to set up a district office with the college. Tad was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003.
Sergeant Jeff Boykin
Sergeant Reggie Branch
Sergeant Benny Boykin
Vice/Narcotics: This section is supervised by the Vice and Narcotics Sergeant and is responsible for the detection and apprehension of those involved in Vice/Narcotics criminal activities. This section is responsible for Career Criminal Identification and Asset Forfeiture.
ATF Liaison: This officer is responsible for following up on weapons violations that occur within our jurisdiction. This officer will coordinate with the ATF on federal prosecution of cases that meet necessary criteria.
US Marshal’s Task Force Liaison: This officer works in a dual role with the Wilson Police Department and the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Gang/Juvenile Unit: This unit is responsible for the identification and detection of gangs and gang members in the City. This officer also serves as the liaison for disseminating gang information to members of the Department and to other law enforcement agencies.
The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol (S.T.E.P.) Unit utilizes traffic enforcement resources to not only address traffic related concerns throughout the city, but also is effectively used in conjunction with other policing efforts to address ongoing crime trends and concerns in specific areas of the city.