NC troopers placing stronger emphasis on coaching, mentoring, transparency

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s hard for most people to imagine having to respond to a traumatic scene that involves a colleague. That’s what every member of law enforcement potentially faces.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol specifically has had its share of tragedy including injuries and deaths of its troopers.

After taking over in 2017, Col. Glenn McNeil put a stronger emphasis on coaching, mentoring, and development.

“It maintains strict adherence and uniformity across the state,” said Sgt. Michael Baker. We are a state organization and we try to do things as uniform as possible from Murphy to Manteo.”

Troop lieutenants statewide are undergoing extensive training on how to maintain the integrity of an investigation that involves events that lead to shots fired or a death.

“So we spread that training to the troop lieutenants which will then take it out to the field and trickle that information down to the field members or line members which we refer to as the sergeants and the troopers in the field,” Baker said.

The NCSHP said that helps increase transparency, which will hopefully translate into public trust.

“We want to make sure that investigation is done to the finite detail,” Baker said. “We want to make sure all the I’s are dotted the T’s are crossed, and it also builds transparency among the community.”

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