Officer James David Barbour II received his oath Tuesday which was administered by Smithfield Mayor John Lampe. Officer Barbour, 22, who is currently residing in the Clayton area, is a graduate of West Johnston High School and a lifelong Johnston County resident. He was a former member of the Wilson’s Mills Fire Department. He recently graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training.
Barbour said he became a firefighter at the age of 17. By the age of 20 he knew he wanted to be a police officer. “I saw the difference law enforcement can make in a community. I like helping people and being proactive in the community. I want to make a difference and make Smithfield a better place to live.”
After receiving his oath, Officer Barbour was greeted by each member of the town council. He fills an existing vacancy on the patrol division. WTSB Photo