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Interim Police Chief has plans

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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 pm

With the recent retirement of the Town’s Police Chief, Winnie Bowens, the Littleton Board of Commissioners recently voted to have Sgt. Dean McFaddin serve as Interim Chief. McFaddin comes to this position after serving as an officer for the Town of Littleton for five years. He has been in law enforcement for almost eight years, also having served with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to working as a police officer, he worked in the Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer for almost two years. He received his training in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Vance Granville Community College.

During his time as Interim Chief, McFaddin said he has several priorities in mind. First is to increase his, and the department’s, involvement and interaction with the Town’s citizens and business owners. He said community outreach is important to him, as well as making his position a visible one, allowing the community to know him, and him to know the community. He has already been to visit the children at the John 3:16 Center, talking with them and answering their questions about his job. He extended a thank you to Morgan Carter for helping set up the visit.

Second is to assist in getting more manpower as well as working to obtain more of the equipment needed to run the department. McFaddin remarked that to help fund the purchase of some of the equipment needed, he plans to work on writing more grant applications.

He said since becoming Interim Chief, he has already worked with Littleton’s Police Commissioner to apply for and has received a grant through Halifax Electric to purchase cameras and finger-print kits.

He thanked Halifax Electric for working with the Town and the Department for this grant. He said he is more than ready to do his part to help move the Police Department forward.

Another of his priorities, McFadden said, is to try to work more with department heads of other law enforcement agencies. He said he’s looking forward to working with them, uniting and working together as one.

Being chief permanently is something for his future, McFadden said, but for now, he is happy to serve as Sargent and assist the new Chief when hired.

“I want to thank the Town Board of Commissioners for all of their support, especially Commissioner Pitchford for all she does for the Department,” McFadden said. “And I also want to thank Officer Eric Johnson and Officer Mark Oakley for their assistance in helping get things accomplished.”

McFaddin said he would like the citizens of the Town to know he has an open door policy and anyone can come and talk with him any time. He admitted he enjoys working in Littleton because he enjoys the small town community where he is able to really know the people he, and the department, serve.

“I want the citizens of the Town of Littleton to know they can trust us and that we are here to serve them,” he said.

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