POLICE CHIEF'S MESSAGE:
The Trent Woods Police Department follows the community policing philosophy by seeking to join in a partnership with citizens in the crime prevention effort. Open communication, transparency, and accountability are the cornerstone of the department's relationship with the Town's residents. We constantly strive to provide an efficient and professional public safety service and believe our citizens are essential in helping to ensure the Town of Trent Woods is a safe place to live. Our departmental goals and objectives are a reflection of how we go about providing service to the public as we work to put "community first."
DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Department goals and objectives will be consistent with the Town's goals, as established by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners.
The department is responsible for preparing goals and objectives consistent with training and education for its police officers to better serve the public.
The department will seek input from its police officers on how to best achieve goals and objectives as our officers are the most valuable resource in serving our citizens.
Communication between department members and citizens will be the foundation for establishing public safety goals and objectives.
Goals and objectives will be fundamental in the methodology police officers use to provide the most efficient and professional service to the citizens of the Town.
The Trent Woods Police Department shall endeavor to safeguard and protect lives and property, maintain order, assist citizens, and address community safety needs and concerns through efficient public safety service.
The mission will be accomplished by providing professional, unbiased, fair and equal application of the law.
Our police officers will respond to calls for service in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner.
Members of the department will be accessible to the public and form a partnership with the community to promote the crime prevention effort.
We will exercise diligence in our duties and responsibilities to remain service oriented.
Chief John J. Ruppe
Chief John Ruppe has been serving in law enforcement since 1989. His career in law enforcement has expanded from patrol officer through undercover officer, training and supervisory positions, finally to Police Chief, which he has held for over 11 years, in total. His previous experience, focusing on community Policing, Chief Ruppe brings a strong leadership presence, guidance and support to the Police Department, the town, and to the citizens of Trent Woods.
Along with his years of experience in law enforcement, Chief Ruppe has an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, and Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice, and in Criminology. He is a graduate of the FBI Command College, FBI LEEDA Trilogy, the North Carolina Rural Leadership Institute, and is a North Carolina Law Enforcement Instructor, certified in several specializations. Chief Ruppe belongs to the North Carolina Police Chiefs Association, and is currently assigned to the Legislative Committee for the State of North Carolina.
Sergeant DN Jackson
Sergeant David Jackson has been serving with the Trent Woods Police Department since 2012. He served with the Havelock Police Department from 2003 until 2012, where he was awarded the Medal of Valor for exemplary service. Sgt. Jackson has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, has experience in SWAT operations, and is certified as a Field Training Officer.
Officer SJ Humphrey
Officer Stephen Humphrey has been serving with the Trent Woods Police Department since 2010. Officer Humphrey has a Bachelor's Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Western Carolina University, an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, and training criminal investigations. He has been awarded commendation medals, for actions in the line of duty, as well as for exemplary service.
Officer CW York
Officer Clinton York has been serving with the Trent Woods Police Department since 2012. Officer York served at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff from 2007 until 2012. Officer York is certified as a Field Training Officer, and is a certified Crime Prevention Specialist.
Officer JE Detwiler
Officer Jason Detwiler has been serving with the Trent Woods Police Department since November 2017. He previously served with the River Bend Police Department, and the New Bern Police Department, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and Purple Heart for his actions in the line of duty. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Detwiler earned the rank of Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Detwiler is our D.A.R.E Instructor, leading the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at A.H. Bangert Elementary School.
Officer RV West
Officer Robert "Bobby" West currently serves with the Trent Woods Police Department as a reserve police officer. He has over 30 years experience in law enforcement, serving with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol until retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, currently serving as the Chief Deputy for the Craven County Sheriff's Office.
Officer RF Walker
Officer Robert Walker has been serving with the Trent Woods Police Department since 2012. Officer Walker has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from East Carolina University, and training in criminal investigations. He is active with several traffic and crime enforcement task forces, and coordinates our participation in various Governor's Highway Safety Program initiatives.
Officer SJ Long
Officer Steve Long currently serves with the Trent Woods Police Department as a part-time police officer. He has over 30 years experience in law enforcement, retiring from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer. Officer Long is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor, and has extensive knowledge and experience in investigating crimes occurring in and around our waterways.
Officer DR Garrish
Officer David Garrish currently serves with the Trent Woods Police Department as a reserve police officer. He has over 35 years experience in law enforcement serving with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as a Sergeant, and the Carolina East Medical Center Police Department as a Captain. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Garrish served with the United States Coast Guard.