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Knightdale names new police chief

Posted October 10, 2014

Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps

— Town officials on Thursday named Lawrence Capps as Knightdale police chief.

Capps, who has worked for the Knightdale Police Department for four years, succeeds Jason Godwin, who leaves the department Friday for a private-sector job.

“We’re grateful to have someone with Lawrence’s skill set and knack for relationship building in this important position,” Mayor Russell Killen said in a statement. “He has already proven himself as a leader.”

Capps previously worked as a corrections officer and is a criminal justice instructor at Johnston Community College. He recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

A graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School and Johnston Community College, Capps is expected to earn a criminal justice degree from Fayetteville State University in 2015.


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  • Sara Hauser Oct 10, 2014
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    hopefully he will be in place for awhile-it's been a revolving door situation for awhile in Knightdale

  • didisaythat Oct 10, 2014

    OK...Don't know him, but just from what the article states for his resume, seems a bit lacking. Been there for four years. Was a corrections officer before that?? Hey, he might do great and from what I heard about the other chief, will probably be better.