Lincolnton Police officer Brian Greene was promoted to the position of captain for the department on July 15.
The Shelby native began his law enforcement career after attending N.C. State University and entering the student officer program. After six months, Greene called his father and informed him that he wanted to come back to Shelby and attend basic law enforcement training.
Greene worked a full-time job during the day and went to school at night and, once he graduated, was hired as a reserve officer with the Shelby Police Department in July 1993. In 1994, he accepted a position as an officer on the Gardner-Webb University campus and, in 1996, he joined the Lincolnton Police Department.
Twenty-one years in law enforcement have had their ups and downs and their unique opportunities, like attending the prestigious FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
“You have to go through a selection process,” Greene said. “I actually submitted an application in 2007, so it took five years for me to get in.”
The lengthy process involved background investigations, several interviews and a physical fitness test. Greene was selected for the three-month intensive in January of 2012. He brought back a heightened skill set, taking graduate level classes through the University of Virginia in conjunction with the academy in areas of leadership and law enforcement strategies.
Through the years he has served in law enforcement, Greene was promoted to detective and eventually lieutenant. When former captain Cynthia Monday vacated her position, Greene went through another rigorous selection process.
Now Greene’s first order of business is to institute a take-home program for squad cars, going so far as asking the road officers which vehicle they prefer.
“They’re the ones that are going to be driving the vehicles,” Greene said.
He is additionally hoping to increase field training.