College police chief sworn in
Sean Newton, a resident of Wake Forest, has officially been sworn in as the first police chief for Vance-Granville Community College.
Newton took the oath of office on Monday at the college, with Judge Randolph Baskerville administering. Newton was flanked by his family for the ceremony.
Newton has directed the Public Safety Department of the college since 2008. The N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission gave approval in July, when Newton’s new title became official, according to a statement released by the college.
Newton will oversee sworn law enforcement officers in the future, as well as security guards on all four of the college campuses in Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties.
At the ceremony, the college president, Stelfanie Williams, called the moment historic and Stacey Carter-Coley, one of the vice presidents, commended the board of trustees for creating the department.
Newton is a Broome Community College (N.Y.) graduate and former deputy sheriff, detective and police academy instructor. He graduated from VGCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program this past spring.
According to VGCC, the state has almost 375 police departments in the state and 57 are specifically for universities and community colleges.