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Administration

Command Staff

The Command Staff is comprised of 12 people that work closely with the Sheriff to oversee the day to day operations of each division. The command staff meets each week to discuss departmental concerns, policy and procedure, finance-oriented issues, public relations, and any matters concerning the safety and well-being of the citizens of Duplin County.


Major Tim Jones 
Operations Command

Major Tim Jones began his law enforcement career with the Mount Olive Police Department in February 1987 as a patrol officer. In September 1987, he began working as an undercover narcotics officer for the Duplin/Sampson Interagency Drug Squad. In July 1988, he was reassigned as a patrol deputy with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. Major Jones was promoted to detective sergeant in the investigative division working with major crimes in December 1992. During this time, he implemented the use of a K-9 tracking bloodhound and later was successful in obtaining another K-9 for the narcotics division. In October 1999, Major Jones was promoted to lieutenant of the investigative division and became the captain of this same division in April 2000. In December 2002, he transferred to captain over the uniform patrol division overseeing patrol, the Duplin Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team (DICE), school resource officers, gang enforcement unit, the Special Response Team (SRT), and civil processes. In November 2015, he was promoted to major of operations. Major Jones was also instrumental in forming the SRT in which he continues to serve as commander. .


Captain Phil Humphrey

Investigative Division

Captain Phil Humphrey began working with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a detention officer and also held assignments as a school resource officer, patrol deputy, undercover officer and detective. He was promoted to captain of investigations in November 2015 after serving 10 years as lieutenant in the same division. As captain, he oversees the criminal investigative division which incorporates the professional development section, crime scene investigations/evidence section and the criminal investigations section. He has over 20 years of investigative experience. Captain Humphrey has numerous hours of criminal investigation training, internal affairs investigations, and hostage negotiation training. He is a United States Army veteran having served in Operation Just Cause in Panama and also Desert Storm/Desert Shield in Iraq. He served as a sworn federal task force officer with US Homeland Security and Assistant Team Commander with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team. Captain Humphrey serves as the current president of the Eastern Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Executives. He also holds his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate issued through the NC Education and Training Standards Commission.

 

 

 

 


Captain M. A. Stevens

Special Operations Division

Captain M. A. Stevens received his Basic Law Enforcement Training from James Sprunt Community College in 1991. He began his law enforcement career as an auxiliary officer with the Roseboro Police Department while working alongside Sampson County Sheriff’s Office in the narcotics unit. In March 1993, he was hired as a deputy with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to a narcotics detective two years later. In 1997, after working two years in the capacity of detective, he advanced to the rank of sergeant. Captain Stevens has served on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Customs Task Forces. He has worked several major cases with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Task Force and State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). He is a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In 2002, he was promoted to lieutenant over the narcotics investigations unit. In 2003, Captain Stevens was nominated and runner-up for the Officer of the Year Award at the OCDETF state conference. In November 2011, he was transferred to the special crimes and criminal investigative division. In December 2015, he was reassigned as the lieutenant over the criminal investigative section’s day-to-day operations. In July 2016, he was promoted to Captain over Special Operations. Captain Stevens has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement with 14 of those years being served under the leadership of Sheriff Blake Wallace.

 


Captain Jason Brock 

Uniform Patrol Division

Captain Jason Brock began his law enforcement career with the Beulaville Police Department as a patrol officer in 2001. In July 2003, he was hired by the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a full time patrol deputy. He was promoted to uniform patrol sergeant in 2004. In 2011, Captain Brock was promoted to first sergeant where his role changed along with administrative duties. He rose to the rank of lieutenant over the uniform patrol division in 2011. In July 2016, he was promoted to captain of the uniform patrol division. Captain Brock is enrolled in the Executive Management Program for Law Enforcement at Richmond Community College. He was awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate issued through the NC Education and Training Standards Commission in March 2016. He is a member of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Captain Brock is also a United States Army veteran.
















Captain Al Frederick
School Resource Officer Division
In October 1988, Captain Al Frederick was hired as a detention officer with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. He received his basic law enforcement certificate from James Sprunt Community College in 1989 and began working as a deputy in November 1990. In February 1997, Captain Frederick became a school resource officer at James Kenan High School and became sergeant over this division in March 1998, and then lieutenant in January 2003. He was promoted to captain over the school resource officer division in July 2016 and currently serves in this position.


Captain Andrew Hanchey

Detention Center Division

Captain Hanchey was hired as a detention officer with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office in September 1994. In 1998, he was assigned to the court bailiff division and later that year to the patrol division. In addition to his patrol duties, Lieutenant Hanchey served on the DCSO Special Response Team from 1999 until 2009. In 2002, he was promoted to sergeant in the patrol division. Lieutenant Hanchey was transferred to the criminal investigative division and later assigned as the agency’s crime scene investigator. In 2009, he completed the North Carolina Justice Academy’s Crime Scene Investigators Certification Program. He was awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification issued through the North Carolina Education and Training Standards Commission. In 2011, he was promoted to lieutenant in the criminal investigative division. In 2012, he was assigned to be the supervisor over the crime scene investigations/evidence division and arson investigations. In May of 2017 Lieutenant Hanchey was promoted to Captain over Detention where he is currently assigned. Lieutenant Hanchey also served in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

 


Captain Harvey Stroud

Civil Division

Captain Harvey Stroud received his Basic Law Enforcement Training from James Sprunt Community College in 1987. He began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Mount Olive Police Department in April 1988 and rose to the rank of sergeant in 1991. He began working as a bailiff with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office in July 1993. He was transferred to the patrol division making rank of patrol sergeant in January 1996. In March 2003, he was transferred to the civil division and became lieutenant  in 2007 and in July of 2017 promoted to Captain of this same division where he currently serves.


Lieutenant Charles Weaver

Investigation Division

Lieutenant Charles (Chuck) Weaver received an Associates Degree from James Sprunt Community College in 1994, from that he continued his education and received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in 1996. In November 1997, Lieutenant Weaver was hired as a full-time dispatcher for the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to deputy in July 1999 and was assigned to the courthouse as a bailiff. In October 1999, he transferred to the patrol division. In July 2003, he was promoted to a narcotics detective. In 2004, Lieutenant Weaver was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Task Force where he worked for two years. He was promoted to lieutenant of the patrol division in October 2006 where he worked for five years. In November 2011, he was transferred as the supervisor of the narcotics division. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Lieutenant Weaver has been serving on the Special Response Team since 2000 and currently serves as the assistant commander. He received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission in September 2008.

 

 

 

 


Lieutenant Delmas Highsmith

Court Security Section

Lieutenant Delmas Highsmith began his career with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. Throughout his twenty years of service, he has served as a school resource officer and court bailiff. In March 2006, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant overseeing civil and criminal court operations. In July 2007, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant supervising court sessions, transportation, and court security. Lieutenant Highsmith has numerous hours of local, state, and federal judicial court security training. He is also is a proud member of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

 

Lieutenant Denise Mitchell
Detention Center Division

In November 1999, Lieutenant Mitchell began her career with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. She attended James Sprunt Community College while working full time and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Lieutenant Mitchell was appointed shift leader in June 2004 and was promoted to jail administrator in 2007. In October 2009, she received a certificate from the North Carolina Jail Administration for completing the required courses at Rowan/Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She also received an award from the National Guard for Employee of the Year for recognizing armed services employees. Lieutenant Mitchell is a member of the North Carolina Jail Administrator Association and the American Jail Association. She is a lifetime member of the Criminal Justice Society Association.


Lieutenant Chris Smith

Special Operations Division

Lieutenant Christopher Smith began his career with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer in August 1994. He was transferred to the patrol division in 1995. In 1996, he was promoted to sergeant as a K-9 deputy in the narcotics unit and was later assigned as a detective in the narcotics unit. Lieutenant Smith was promoted to supervisor of the Duplin Interstate Criminal Enforcement (DICE) Team in April 2004. He is also a K-9 handler/supervisor. His K-9 partner is Asta, a Belgian Malinois. Lieutenant Smith is also a United States Marine Corps veteran and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In July 2016 Lieutenant  Smith was promoted over Special Operations Division where he currently supervised both DICE and the SOD

Lieutenant Scott Kennedy
Professional Development Section

Lieutenant Scott Kennedy supervises the professional development section with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office which incorporates professional standards, training and recruitment for the sheriff’s office. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He served on the Wrightsville Beach Police Department for a majority of his career as a patrol officer, detective, internal affairs investigator and as a supervisor before becoming a special agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). He was assigned to the Coastal District of North Carolina and also served as a SWAT member with the SBI Special Response Team. He was also assigned to a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He culminated his career with the SBI as an assistant special agent in charge in 2011. Lieutenant Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Mount Olive. He is also a certified law enforcement instructor for the state of North Carolina. He was also awarded Officer of the Year in 2000. In 2002, he was awarded the highest decoration of bravery in law enforcement, the Medal of Valor. He received the Director’s Award from the SBI in 2004. He was also awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission in November 2004.

 

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