PCC Police Have New Campus Headquarters
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College police officers moved into their new campus headquarters this month, leaving behind the single-wide trailer they have called home for nearly 20 years.
Construction of the new 3,000-square-foot PCC Police Department began in February and was completed earlier this month. Officers moved into their new home July 16.
“It was a good feeling walking into the new building and knowing that this is the new home for the Pitt Community College Police Department,” said PCC Police Chief Alan Edwards. “I’m happy for the officers and staff and feel confident they will enjoy their new work environment for many years to come as they continue to keep campus safe for students and employees.”
Located near the center of campus—and just yards from where the previous facilities maintenance building once stood—the new police headquarters features a processing area, interview room, locker room and offices for the department’s chief, captain and sergeant. Each officer on the force has a work station in the new facility and computer access.
Edwards, who has been PCC’s police chief for 23 years, says that in addition to more working space for officers and staff, the lobby area of the new headquarters has made it easier to assist students registering for parking passes and student ID cards.
“I look forward to fall registration in August, knowing that we can more easily accommodate the rush of students we always see at the start of a semester,” he said.
Since PCC's first sworn officer began patrolling campus in the 1970s, Edwards says the department has grown significantly. The college’s current police force, he says, is comprised of six full-time sworn officers and seven part-time sworn and unsworn officers.
The trailer left behind by PCC police once housed the college’s radiology department. It became the police department in January of 1993, after the opening of the William E. Fulford Building. “It was close quarters but we managed to make it work for 20 years,” Edwards said.
With the opening of the new police headquarters, PCC has connected Bulldog Run—the street running between the Vernon E. White and Clifton W. Everett buildings—with Eddie Smith Street, which begins at the Raymond Reddrick Building and ends at Reedy Branch Road near the A.B. Whitley Building.