N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks has announced the appointment of Roger “Chip” Hawley as the new Chief of Police at State Capitol Police. Hawley, a veteran law enforcement professional with more than 36 years of experience, had been serving as deputy chief of the agency since March.
“Chip Hawley has been an outstanding addition to the department following his distinguished service at the Wake County Sheriff’s Office,” said Secretary Hooks. “I am pleased to welcome him to my leadership team in this new role.”
As Chief, Hawley will supervise all officers and non-sworn personnel of State Capitol Police, a division of the Department of Public Safety. SCP, whose primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment within the North Carolina State Government Complex, also investigates crimes within its jurisdiction. In addition, the agency monitors emergency alarms at state-owned facilities 24/7 across North Carolina, directing emergency responders as needed. Hawley replaces the retiring Glen Allen.
Before joining SCP’s ranks, Hawley retired from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for 32 years and attained the rank of major. Hawley attended Campbell University and has received a variety of specialized law enforcement certifications including Law Enforcement Motorcycle Operator and Instructor and is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program, sponsored by North Carolina State University.
He holds a law enforcement General Instructor Certification and received the Wake County Sheriff’s Officer of the Year award in 2001.
Hawley is a native of Coats.