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Ten new officers have joined the Wilson Police Department. A pinning ceremony was recently held with Wilson County District Court Judge Beth Freshwater-Smith administering the oath of office.
Here is a snapshot of the new police officers who will be serving the Wilson community.
Born and raised in Wilson, Pone joined the Army National Guard at age 17 as an ammunition specialist. She then graduated high school in 2012. After returning from advanced individual training, she attended Wake Technical Community College and transferred to UNC-Pembroke to major in criminal justice. Pone said she decided to hold out on college to attend basic law enforcement training at Wilson Community College, where she recently graduated.
• Kevin Fulghum, North District
Fulghum was raised in Wilson. Before graduating from Fike High School in 2015, he decided to give the criminal justice program at Wilson Community College a try. He said throughout his college studies, he realized law enforcement was the perfect fit for him and knew it was a career he wanted to pursue.
After a year at WCC, he transferred to Pitt Community College and took classes for another year. Near the completion of classes, he found out he could finish his associate degree through BLET. He then enrolled into the Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Traning Center at Wilson Community College. Fulghum is a second-generation law enforcement officer.
• Samantha Calvery, North District
Calvery, who was born in Texas and moved to Louisburg at the age of 3, graduated high school in 2013. Calvery graduated from Louisburg College, where she received an associate degree in arts. In 2015, she continued her education at Barton College. During her time there, she interned with the Wilson Police Department in 2017 before graduating from Barton that following May.
Calvery holds a batchelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice sciences from Barton College. She recently graduated from BLET at Wilson Community College.
• Shanneska Cruz, Central District
Cruz was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal investigations and a minor in homeland security from Canton State University of New York. Cruz’s mother moved to North Carolina when she was finishing up her degree in New York. Cruz and her fiancé eventually moved to North Carolina, where she was a correctional officer first and then became a probation parole officer in Wilson. She is also BLET-certified. Her fiancé works with the Durham Police Department.
• Herbert (Bert) Harris, South District
Harris was born and raised in Wilson and graduated from Wilson Christian Academy in 1997. He began his career in fire service in 2003 and left in 2013 to work for his family business — JC Harris Cadillac. After the dealership closed, he completed his law enforcement training at Wilson Community College.
• Brandon Denton, North District
Denton was born and raised in Spring Hope. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with a degree in criminal justice. While attending ECU, he played club baseball and participated in the National Club Baseball Association World Series in Tampa, Florida. He also completed his law enforcement training in 2014 and started his career as an Edgecombe County sheriff’s deputy in June 2015. His father is the former Spring Hope police chief.
• Caleb Hicks, South District
Hicks recently graduated from BLET at Wilson County Community College. He’s married with a 2-year-old and another child on the way. He said he looks forward to working and spending time in Wilson.
• Destiny Kuewa, Central District
Kuewa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Mount Olive with a degree in criminal justice and criminology. She started her career at the N.C. Department of Public Safety at Maury Correctional Institution in Greene County and then transferred to probation and parole. She graduated from the BLET program at Wilson Community College.
• Evan Brewer, Central District
Brewer was born in Kansas and lived between Kansas and Texas growing up. He graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in secondary education with concentrations in science and physical education. After graduation, he moved to Wilson and taught school at Wilson Christian Academy for six years. After teaching, he worked in a delivery and warehousing for a wholesale tire distribution company. He graduated from BLET in 2017.
• Humza Ismail, Central District
Ismail was born in Colorado and grew up in Cary. After he graduated from Cary High School, he attended and graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College and holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He was part of the first football class at N.C. Wesleyan. He also hold a master’s in wellness and sports leadership from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He put himself through police academy at Wilson Community College in 2016. He was hired by the Cary Police Department in 2017. After working there for nearly a year, he wanted to pursue a position with the Wilson Police Department.