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News Community Chief Bradley reflects on three decades of law enforcement

Chief Terry BradleyAfter 25 years of service to Macon County and 18 years as Franklin’s Police Chief, Terry Bradley announced that his last day with the Town will be on Jan. 27, 2012.

“I have had a wonderful career,” said Bradley. “The citizens of Franklin and of Macon County are great people to have served, and it has been a pleasure serving them.”

Bradley has dedicated three decades to the North Carolina Law Enforcement System, and even during his retirement, Bradley plans to continue being active in the criminal justice field as an instructor at Southwestern Community College.

“How can you sum up 30 years of service in just one sentence?” Bradley said while reflecting upon his career. “The Town of Franklin has come a long way in 30 years. We have achieved a lot of things that we didn’t have in 1982 when I first started.” According to Bradley, the development of the town can be attributed to the outstanding leaders that he has been fortunate enough to work with as chief as well as the efforts of those who served before him.

Bradley began his career in law enforcement in 1982 when he was sworn in as a N.C. Law Enforcement Officer. He later joined the Town of Franklin in January of 1986 as an officer and in 1994, took the rank of chief. During his time of service to the Town of Franklin, Bradley has successfully and continuously strived to develop his knowledge of the N.C. Criminal Justice System with the best interest of Franklin and its citizens in mind. In 1992, Bradley obtained his Criminal Investigation Certificate and was one of the first in North Carolina to do so. One of the most notable changes Bradley has experienced during his career is the increase in education and requirements of officers.

“Law enforcement has went from being someone who was just picked off the street and handed a gun and a badge and told to go do the job, to now where you need proper education. It has now become a profession,” said Bradley. “I think law enforcement is held to a professional standard more now than it ever has been before and I think that is a great thing.”

Bradley was later awarded his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate, followed by his greatest accomplishment, his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. Chief Bradley is a strong supporter of education and is also a North Carolina Law Enforcement Instructor. Although retiring as Police Chief, Bradley still has great ambition for his future.

“I am only 51 years old, so I don’t plan to just go home and sit in the rocking chair. I am exploring different avenues and other options,” said Bradley.

According to Ashley Hyder, Human Resource Officer for the Town of Franklin, the search for a new chief will begin October 1 and will be advertised statewide. Hyder explained that the new candidate would be expected to begin in February 2012.


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