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Shingleton to Take Over as PCC Police Chief

Current Chief Alan Edwards Retiring after 30-Year Law Enforcement Career

Jay ShingletonWINTERVILLE—A little more than two years after he was promoted to captain, Officer Jay Shingleton has been chosen to take over as chief of the Pitt Community College Police Department when current Chief Alan Edwards retires this month.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey says Shingleton’s promotion is well-deserved. He noted that the college’s new police chief has garnered the respect and loyalty of PCC’s administration, faculty and staff by responding to crisis situations over the years with sound judgment.

"We are most pleased that after a thorough search and interview of highly-qualified candidates for Pitt Community College police chief, Mr. Jay Shingleton from our own force was selected for this key leadership position,” Massey said. “Jay and all the members of the police department provide a safe environment for our crowded campus.

“Mr. Shingleton is prepared to continue the strong record of outgoing Chief Alan Edwards in supporting students, employees, and the general public in all areas where PCC has programs throughout Pitt County."

The 49-year-old Shingleton has been a member of the campus police force for nearly 13 years. He joined the department in May 2000, having completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training at PCC the same year.

Edwards, who is retiring after 30 years in law enforcement, describes Shingleton as being dedicated to his family, church, job and PCC. He added that the man he hired more than a decade ago will provide great leadership to the campus police department in the years to come.

“Jay has always provided a calming influence during stressful situations, and he has natural leadership abilities,” Edwards said. “He leads by example and doesn’t ask anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.”

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1983, Shingleton enrolled at PCC and earned an associate degree before transferring to East Carolina University. Though he left ECU to seek employment before completing a four-year degree, he eventually returned to school and earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Mount Olive College in 2000.

In the time he has been with the PCC Police Department, Shingleton has served as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant and captain. He has participated in numerous training opportunities throughout his career and was part of the first group of students to complete PCC’s new law enforcement management program in the fall of 2010.

More recently, Shingleton graduated from N.C. State University’s Law Enforcement Executive Program in 2011.

A Greenville resident, Shingleton and his wife, Kristi, have three children. He will be sworn in as PCC police chief on Feb. 28.