Detective Locklear finds his niche with students
By Amanda Hickey
Detective Ed Locklear is a product of the community. He graduated from Purnell Swett High School, Robeson County Community College (RCCC) and UNCP. He attends Sandy Plains United Methodist church with his wife of 10 years and three children.
Locklear has only left Pembroke once, and it was then he realized he wanted to be in law enforcement.
This realization came a few days after he failed his first anatomy test at Sand Hills Community College. He was on his way home and was pulled over by a Highway Patrol Officer.
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Detective Locklear returned to UNCP after serving as an officer for the Pembroke police department. Locklear received his bachelor’s in 2004.
“I had an experience with a highway patrolman, and I honestly felt that he could have handled the situation better. I made up my mind that day that I could do a better job than he could,” Locklear said.
Detective Locklear returned to his hometown of Pembroke to attend RCCC, where he received his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice in May 1995.
He then graduated Basic Law Enforcement Training in December 1995. In 2004, Locklear graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Detective Locklear worked for the Pembroke Police Department from January 1996 until November 2001, where he worked as a School Resource Officer (SRO) in area schools and juvenile detective.
Locklear realized in those five years working with elementary and middle school students that his calling was to work with youth.
"You find your niche and you stick with it. Mine was working with juveniles,” Locklear said. “It’s all about giving them a second chance.”
In December of 2001, he joined the UNCP campus police where he continues to work with students.
“When I started… I got some information from the Pembroke police department, and I was able to come in and help them close a case about several stolen computers,” said Locklear. “I felt like that was a good way to start… It is a wonderful feeling when you can say, ‘I got your case closed.’”
Coming to UNCP was an opportunity that Locklear could not pass up.
"I knew it was an opportunity to grow in law enforcement… In my heart I knew I could do a good job,” Locklear said.
Now Locklear has the opportunity to teach Freshman Seminar to students at UNCP who remember him as their SRO at the middle school.
"That already creates a rapport with the student body,” Locklear said.
Locklear always wanted a career that would allow him to help people.
"You get to help people every day; that’s a big part of it… For me to be in a position where I can see people who I’ve helped in the past and get to see them now, that’s what the job’s all about it,” he said.
"It’s just a really good feeling to know you can help someone in that way,” said Locklear.
Detective Locklear has done everything he wanted, without leaving home.
“I’m just one of those homebodies… I can do anything in Robeson County that I can do in any other county,” he said.