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Leading others is a privilege.

Sharing from the NCDPS: The State Highway Patrol honored 55 sworn and 11 civilian members yesterday during a promotional ceremony held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary. Offering a welcome and remarks to those in attendance, Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr. spoke of the expectations required by each individual rank.

Your new position requires the acceptance and affirmation of an oath, a commitment to God, country, state, to North Carolina’s citizens and to your colleagues," said McNeill. “Your sworn commitment is that you will, to the best of your ability, perform the duties of your office.

Providing the keynote address, Governor Roy Cooper commended the excellent work demonstrated by each member, focusing on the attribute of leadership. “To be a leader, you must be willing to do yourself anything you order someone else to do. You must set an example with your actions as well as your words," said Cooper. “I’m grateful every single day for the service of law enforcement officers across our state, particularly the men and women of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. True leadership is a quality in short supply but I believe each of you have exhibited the qualities that make you a leader.”

Lt. Colonel Alan Melvin recognized civilian members that earned a promotion during this year as well. Congratulations to all members as they embark on this new journey.

A list of both sworn and civilian members recognized for promotion can be found here.


The members of the Wake and District Public Safety Drums have served at the pleasure of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol since our founding in 2006. We are honored to be a part of their stately ceremonies.

Photos from the event by Ryan Guthrie of the NC Dept of Public Safety can be seen @

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