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Craven County Schools is pleased to welcome a new member to our district team

Craven County Schools is pleased to welcome a new member to our district team, Mr. Nick Lucas-Director of Safety and Security. As a retired captain from the New Bern Police Department, Mr. Lucas brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure our students and staff are as safe as possible.
Here is a little more about Mr. Lucas and we know our school families and staff will welcome him with open arms knowing the important work he will do on a daily basis will add a heightened sense of comfort and peace.

Nick Lucas retired from law enforcement as a Captain with 24 years’ combined service with the New Bern Police Department and the Greenville Police Department. Prior to serving as a law enforcement officer, he served in the United States Navy for 8 years, receiving an honorable discharge. He has received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, as well as a Masters of Public Administration, both from East Carolina University. Nick received his advanced law enforcement certification in 2001 and is also a graduate of the FBI LEEDA trilogy in leadership training. 
Nick has worked in a variety of positions throughout his career, to include K9 handler, Emergency Response Team operator / sniper, Federal Bureau of Investigations Task Force officer, Gang Unit supervisor, Special Operations Unit supervisor, Patrol Commander, Civil Disturbance Team Commander, Zone Commander for the Greenville Police Department and Operations Division Commander with the New Bern Police Department.
Nick has been a State of North Carolina certified law enforcement general instructor for the past 20 years, with specialty certifications in physical fitness, firearms, subject control, and arrest techniques, rapid deployment / active shooter, and less lethal munitions. 
Nick severed as coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhood campaigns while employed with the Greenville Police Department and the New Bern Police Department, focusing on reducing recidivism and developing youth crime diversion programs, while offering options for high school equivalency and college education, job placement, vocational training, and life skills opportunities. 
Nick starting working with the Craven County Schools in July of this year; his goals for serving the schools, its students an date community include improving access control and overall safety strategies within all school buildings, continuing the Raptor system implementation to account for all visitors and persons entering Craven County Schools, improving physical surveillance through enhanced camera plans and placement, increasing training for staff with camera operation and its effective use, and through critical incident response and preparedness such as the recently implemented ALICE training system.