From Lieutenant to Chief, Cummings still watches out for UNCP’s welfare
By Christian Felkl
McDuffie Cummings, Jr., became Chief of the Department of Police and Public Safety on July 1. He began working for campus police 15 years ago, after beginning at the Pembroke Police department.
He earned a criminal justice degree in 1992. He has worked at UNCP ever since. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2002.
Chief Cummings helped to develop programs for community policing, emergency planning and human resource issues.
He also worked closely with campus judiciary and as a policy maker for student activities.
He coordinates the scheduling and placement of officers at events with police presence.
Chief Cummings says he “enjoys it, but its been a challenge as far as the paperwork. … I am more office restricted.”
The Chief is the voice of the police department. Some of his responsibilities are to see or locate a problem and assign officers to patrol and alleviate problems.
“The transition from Lieutenant has been smooth and everybody in the police department has been great,” Cummings said.
Some of his goals as Chief include increasing patrols and putting officers in the classroom.
He also wants to increase officer presence and have students know them on a first name basis.
He would like to try and build a personal relationship between the police and students.
A program that is in the works is a Residence Hall watch program.
It would be set up like a community watch program. It would provide just an extra safety measure on campus. One officer would be assigned to each building.
Other priorities include getting ready for the first football game. He is working on organizing all of the officers to be in place so it can go as smoothly as possible and everyone is safe.