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AG Cooper names head of Private Protective Services

Release date: 8/4/2006

Ralegh: Attorney General Roy Cooper has named a new director of Private Protective Services in the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Terry Wright, 43, assumes his new post effective today. He will oversee the Private Protective Services Division which works with the Private Protective Services Board to license and regulate the private security, private investigative and alarms systems professions in the state.

Prior to his new appointment, Wright served as Deputy Director of Private Protective Services for four years and Interim Director for two months. He has 15 years of law enforcement experience with the North Carolina State University Public Safety Department including specialized training in investigations and management. At NCSU Public Safety, he served as a police officer, Detective, Chief Investigator, Director of Patrol Operations, Assistant Chief and Interim Chief.

“It’s important to uphold high standards for the private security field,” said Cooper. “Terry’s strong law enforcement background and previous experience will help him to hit the ground running in his new post.”

Wright will succeed Wayne Woodard, who was appointed by Cooper earlier this year to head the Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Standards Division.

Wright holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

He lives in Bunn and is married with four children.

The Private Protective Services Board was created by the NC General Assembly in 1979 to increase the integrity, competency, and performance of private protective services professions. The Commission is currently made up of 14 members appointed by the Governor, legislators, and the Attorney General.

The board has a number of responsibilities including performing background investigations for the licensing of private protective services occupations, registering employees of licensed companies, conducting investigations of public complaints, conducting compliance audits and enforcing law and rules through administrative disciplinary processes and the courts.

  Contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413