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Chief Taylor


Statement From the Chief of Police

Policing involves a special trust given to us by the public to uphold and enforce the law. As servants of the public, policing entails and requires us to have thousands of interactions with the public and the community we serve. Often times these contacts are during times of crisis and distress and can unfold rapidly and in unforeseen directions. This manual cannot predict every aspect of policing, nor can it reasonably anticipate all the situations that might be encountered by employees of this Department. This manual does establish a framework of rules and expected performance for all department members in order for us to complete our Mission: Protecting our Community with Exceptional Service.

Each employee is equally important and plays an essential role in our effort and measurement of our accomplishments. Policing in the Town of Andrews involves a partnership with the community. As a partner in the community, all employees will work cooperatively with both members of the Department and the community. Jointly we will work to identify and prioritize problems within the agency and the community to develop solutions to problems of mutual concern. In interacting with one another and with the public, we will be professional and consider how our conduct may impact others.

All employees are required to familiarize themselves with the directives in this manual and when necessary, seek guidance and clarification from a supervisor, first. If there is a question of the interpretation of this manual, that interpretation rests with the Chief of Police. It is strongly encouraged that if there are recommendations for constructive changes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of our service, employees will submit those recommendations. This manual will be updated as necessary to reflect changes in the law, personnel responsibilities, and Department goals and objectives.

As the Chief of Police, I am most proud of our Department and every member of our agency. Each and every day our employees act with the professionalism and dedication that often times goes unnoticed. I am confident that together we can continue to work towards making our agency and community incrementally better tomorrow, than it is today.

Richard D. Taylor, Jr.

More information on Chief Taylor

Native of Lincolnton NC
Married to Wife Ann and two Children Khloe and Abigale

Graduated from Lincolnton High School
AAS in Criminal Justice from Gaston College
BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Western Carolina University
MA in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University

McGuire Nuclear Plant Security
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
United States Air Force Security Forces – Global War on Terrorism Veteran
Lincolnton Police Department
Department of Defense Contractor Dyncorp International Stationed in Helmond Afghanistan
Andrews Police Department

NC Basic Law Enforcement Training
SWAT Operator
Crisis Intervention/Hostage Negotiator
International Law Enforcement Instructor
NC Law Enforcement General Instructor
NC Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
NC Justice Academy Criminal Investigation Certificate Program

BSA Eagle Scout

Total of 22 years Law Enforcement Education and Experience

Andrews Town Hall
1101 Main Street
Andrews, NC 28901