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ECU's new police chief takes command

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina University welcomed a new police chief Tuesday.

Chief Gerald Lewis comes to Greenville from the New Jersey Police Office of Community Affairs. He retired there last month after 26 years of service.

Even though his professional career has been in New Jersey, Lewis has family roots in the small town of Hertford in northeastern North Carolina.

The ECU Police force has 60 full-time officers, 10 reserve officers and 20 staff members.

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There’s a new police chief at East Carolina University.

Gerald Lewis, who held the rank of major and was commanding officer of the N.J. Police Office of Community Affairs, will begin work at ECU on Jan 21.

Lewis, 50, was selected after a nationwide search.

“Our search firm delivered a number of well-qualified candidates, but Gerald Lewis simply stood out because of his experience in building relationships and teams,” said Bill Koch, associate vice chancellor for environmental health and campus safety.

Lewis led the New Jersey State Police efforts to improve community relations after a racial profiling scandal.
ECU’s police force has 60 full-time officers, 10 reserve officers and 20 staff members.
 
 “My first goal is to create the safest environment possible for students, staff and everyone in the ECU community,” Lewis said.
 
“I would like when people talk about the ECU Police Department that professionalism is the first word that they think of,” he said. “I want to be a professional police agency, proactive police agency and engaging police agency. And engaging not just in the ECU community but also the surrounding Greenville community because we have to create partnerships.”
 
Lewis plans to go out and meet Greenville and Pitt County colleagues in his first weeks on the job.

He has family roots in the small town of Hertford in northeastern North Carolina.
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