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ate: May 22, 2006 Phone: 919/716-6413
AG Cooper names head of Criminal Justice Standards
RALEIGH: Attorney General Roy Cooper has named a new director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division.
Wayne Woodard, 54, assumes his new post effective today. Woodard will oversee the Criminal Justice Standards Division, which administers the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission's mandatory certification program for all sworn police officers in North Carolina. The Commission sets employment and professional training standards for police officers and certifies officers who have met these standards.
Prior to his new appointment, Woodard served as Director of Private Protective Services where he worked with two boards that license and regulate the private security, private investigative and alarms systems professions in the state. He worked previously with the Criminal Justice Standards Division as Associate Program Administrator and Assistant Director.
“People across our state rely on local police to keep their streets and neighborhoods safe,” said Cooper. “Making sure those officers meet professional standards and get proper training is critical. I’m pleased to appoint someone with Wayne’s knowledge and experience to this important post.”
Woodard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Administration of Justice from Guilford College and has completed specialized training in law enforcement, criminal justice and management.
He began his law enforcement career with the High Point Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer, Tactical Operations Officer, Investigations Supervisor and Supervisor of Personnel and Training, among other positions. Woodard later worked at the North Carolina Justice Academy where he coordinated development of the Basic Law Enforcement Training curriculum. He also served as Executive Director of the NC Auctioneer Licensing Board.
Woodard will succeed Windy Hunter, who has served as acting director since Scott Perry’s retirement last year. Perry had worked 32 years in the Department of Justice, including nearly five years as director of Criminal Justice Standards.
Woodard has been an auxiliary police officer with the State Capitol Police in Raleigh for the past 20 years, and also served in the U.S. Military. He lives in Raleigh and has three children and three grandchildren.
The Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission was created by the NC General Assembly in 1971 as the Training and Standards Council to oversee education and employment requirements for police officers. The Commission is currently made up of 33 members appointed by the Governor, legislators, the Attorney General, and law enforcement groups.