LELAND — There’s a new police chief in town for Leland. Jeremy Humphries, employed by the Leland Police Department since 2012, was named chief of police Thursday.
Humphries has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Training and Standards.
With 23 years of law enforcement, he was most recently support services captain. Humphries started with the Leland Police Department as detective and moved up the ranks to sergeant in investigations and support services lieutenant.
“As chief of police, I look forward to continuing to build relationships with our residents,” Humphries said in a press release. “Our department is committed to providing the highest level of service to those who live, work, and visit our town. We plan to advance our services to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community as we continue toward our vision of being the safest town in southeastern North Carolina.”
Under Humphries leadership, the department has improved efficiencies and services, implementing a video magistrate service, an automated fingerprint identification system, an intoximeter on site and a new records management system.
Public Safety director Chris Langlois credited Humphries’ promotion to his passion and love for the department and its people.
“I love our staff, and they are all truly like brothers and sisters to me,” Humphries said in the release. “I look forward to leading them. It is very rewarding to see professional growth of others and to help guide them during their journey.”
Among other professional accomplishments, Humphries has served as an assistant school director for Basic Law Enforcement Training at Bladen Community College and the agency school director for Speed Measuring Instrument. He has served on the North Carolina State Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board.
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