North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has named Kelly White as interim chief of police and director of Public Safety.
White, a native of Hertford, N.C., has over 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer and public servant in North Carolina. Most recently, White has served as Major of Operations with the North Carolina A&T State University Police Department, a role he has held since 2005.
He has served in various roles as a law enforcement officer throughout his professional career and has extensive knowledge in command level supervision, risk management, incident command center implementation, security threat groups training and intelligence documentation. White also has comprehensive knowledge of case laws, search warrants, use of force and traffic enforcement.
White also served as the Interim Police Chief at Elizabeth City State University in 2013. His familiarity with the community came after he worked as a narcotics investigator for the Elizabeth City Police Department in 2002. He has completed the FBI LEEDA, the Management Development Course and the FBI Command Course. White has received his advance law enforcement certification, which is the highest certification that a law enforcement officer can earn in North Carolina. He served as the University of North Carolina System Coordinator for the State’s Advancement Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), where he was responsible for training university, county and municipal officers.
White's appointment comes following the resignation of former NCCU Chief of Police Fred Hammett in December 2019. During former Chief Hammett's tenure, NCCU’s campus completed the implementation of enhanced security measures and surveillance, and increased enforcement efforts. The NCCU Police Department achieved many milestones under his leadership, among them are the following major accomplishments:
- NCCU was named and ranked for the first time as one of the "Safest Colleges in America" in 2019 by Alarms.org;
- According to NCCU's 2018 Annual Security Report, all crimes decreased on campus, including violent crimes;
- The Department successfully completed CALEA reaccreditation site-based assessment and compliance service review in 2019; and
- NCCU's first K-9 program was established in 2019.
“We welcome Interim Chief Kelly White to our Eagle family as he continues to expand the great work of our Police Department in serving and protecting NCCU's faculty, staff, students and visitors,” said Al Zow, NCCU Chief of Staff.