Wilmington, NC – As a result of Cape Fear Community College’s goal to increase campus security, Daniel J. Wilcox will be sworn-in as CFCC’s first police chief at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m. in the Union Station boardroom.
Wilcox, who has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement, initially joined CFCC’s staff in 2012 as the associate director of campus safety. In that position, Wilcox was tasked with assessing the college’s existing security and creating a plan for strengthening security at all campus locations. Part of that plan included the creation of a new on-campus police force.
The formation of an on-campus police force was the result of CFCC’s desire to improve campus security. CFCC’s board of trustees voted to establish the on-campus police force, in addition to the third party security staff that is already in place, early last year.
“The safety of our students and employees is of the utmost importance. Our campus and student body continue to grow, so our board made the wise decision to create an on-campus police force. This will heighten security and provide our campus community with immediate access to police assistance when necessary,” said CFCC president, Dr. Ted D. Spring. “We’re so pleased to have Chief Wilcox on board. His wealth of experience makes him a great asset to CFCC and to the community.”
Wilcox is a New York native with more than 29 years of experience in law enforcement. He has worked as a park ranger, a highway patrolman, a SWAT team sniper, a narcotics investigator, a motorcycle patrol officer, a field training officer, a police academy instructor, and a canine handler and trainer. Wilcox also served a volunteer firefighter and arson investigator for more than 18 years.
Wilcox graduated Cum Laude from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration. He also has numerous certifications in Incident Command and experience in writing emergency operation plans.
“We’ve planned the CFCC police department from the ground up,” says Wilcox. “We’ve now been certified as an official police department. Our eventual goal is to grow to a staff of 17 officers working at all campuses and to have round-the-clock coverage at the Wilmington and North Campuses.”
The campus police headquarters will be located on Walnut Street in the former Drifter’s property. Renovations will soon be completed; the facility is expected to open later this fall.