Officials expect the new building to be open by September. (Source: WECT)
New CFCC Chief Daniel Wilcox
The new CFCC Chief at his swearing-in ceremony. (Source: Mike Pelzer)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Daniel Wilcox says he's been working all of his life for the position of Chief of Police at Cape Fear Community College. He was sworn in Monday morning at Union Station.
"It's been a life long goal of mine to be an administrator in law enforcement and this is finally reaching that plateau," Wilcox said. "I'm extremely excited about this program and extremely excited about working here at this school as the Chief of Police.
The swearing-in ceremony is part of CFCC's push for more campus security, and this moment has been years in the making.
Wilcox has been working with CFCC since 2012 as the assistant director of campus security. In that role, he has been outlining stronger security measures at all campus locations, including the creation of a new on-campus police force.
Wilcox brings nearly three decades of law enforcement experience to the position as top cop of the campus, something he believes gives him an edge on keeping students safe.
"Because I was a patrol officer and I handled every kind of complaint, I believe that gives me a very broad range of experience dealing with people and dealing with peoples' problems and being a mediator between what their needs were versus what the law said," Wilcox said.
CFCC is also getting close to staffing their police department and opening the doors of their new police department building.
The school purchased the foreclosed building across the street from the downtown campus earlier this year for $285,000. The building is currently being renovated and officials hope to have it functioning for the new CFCC Police Department by the end of October.
Officials said they are also currently working on building up the new CFCC Police Force. Currently, the department has the chief and two other officers. Chief Daniel Wilcox said he hopes to have 7 officers total in place by January 1.
The police department is being built up in phases, when complete Chief Wilcox said there will be 17 members.