Wilson Has A New Top Cop

The City of Wilson has hired a new police chief. Thomas Hopkins, a 15-year department veteran of the Wilson Police Department was introduced Thursday night to the Wilson City Council. Hopkins replaces Harry Tyson, who become Deputy City Manager last month.

Hopkins worked his way up to chief from his start as a patrol officer in Wilson in 1995. He calls himself a strong advocate of community policing. "Community policing can be professionally stimulating by providing the officers with challenges, opportunities for innovation, and rewards for creative solutions," Hopkins said in a press release on the City of Wilson's website.

Hopkins was chosen from a field of five internal applicants, the press release says. Former chief Tyson assisted in the decision-making process.

Hopkins serves on the department's Special Response Team and Honor Guard. Hopkins holds bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Justice Studies from NC Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in Criminology with a concentration in Law from Indiana State University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Learning and Adult Education from Walden University.


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  • by Brenda Harris Location: Newark NJ on Feb 22, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    Congratulations Cheif Hopkins. Your academic and professional credentials are outstanding. I am sure you will serve our City well. I SALUTE YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND WILL DO. Ms BJ Harris
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    Looks like a mugshot to me. Just another cop on the take.
  • by enc Location: wideawake on Feb 19, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    CONGRATS Chief Hopkins!!
  • by CJI/ECF on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    Congratulations Chief Hopkins! I've had the pleasure of sitting in on several of your classes at the Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Center in Wilson. I have no doubt that you'll be as great a Chief as you are a Criminal Justice Instructor. Remember, when all else fails, just look at 'em and say "park your car and gimme your keys"...lol. Best of luck Chief Hopkins. Way to go! :)
  • by Megan Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    Congrats Hopkins! They couldn't have picked a better person for the job! Wilson PD is truly blessed to have someone like him as chief!
  • by Fellow Police Officer on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    To: Chief Hopkins!! I personally do not know you, but I felt compelled to post a message regarding your new appointment. It gives me a sense of pride being an African-American male police officer having served 17 years in law enforcement. Its send a good message to others that you can make it to the top. I have visited your department's website and I see you have alot of good men and women working for you. Again, congratulations and I wish you the best on your new post as Chief of Wilson Police Department.
  • by G on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    He's cheesin' like a rat, LOL, congrats
  • by Keith Location: Tarboro on Feb 19, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Congratulations Thomas, you'll do a great job and thank god that your department had enough sense to promote someone from within the agency!!!!!
  • by Andy Nonomus Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Congrats Chief Hopkins. Thomas is a real nice "Giant" who fine fellow. I wish him all the luck.
  • by John M on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    Fantastic, He ran my BLET and was a great instructor. He is a great cop and I am glad to see him in this position. Congrats Mr. Hopkins
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