New cop in town
By Amanda Hickey
Senior Staff Writer
Officer David J. Redman has seen a lot in his 24 years. Redman joined Campus Police in February 2006 after four years in the Marine Corps, doing a tour in Afghanistan and being a military policeman.
For Redman, there is one major difference between military policing and civilian policing: the fear factor.
In the military, the lower ranks are normally afraid you’re going to go to their commanding officer. But here, there isn’t that factor, said Redman.
“You have to be sensitive, go to watch what you say. It wasn’t like that in the military. You didn’t have to watch your political correctness. You can’t just tear them to pieces, because they’ll view you as the enemy and won’t ask for help,” continued Redman.
When Redman got out of the Marine Corps, the normal civilian life wasn’t for him. He then went to Robeson County Community College to obtain his Basic Law Enforcement Training degree.
After graduating, Redman received offers from Robeson County and Lumberton, but UNCP was where he wanted to be.
“I liked what I saw. You got the locals, kids and educated people. It’s a big shock from military MP work. It’s a bit of a culture shock, but I think I’m fitting in,” said Redman.
“I love it. The Chief and Captain are awesome and do a great job running the department. My two trainers have been great bringing me from military to civilian policing,” continued Redman.
According to Chief David Helton, Redman’s military experience will help his transition to Campus Police.
“While in the USMC, Officer Redman served as a Military Police Officer. The experiences he gained in that position, in addition to his recently completing the North Carolina BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) program, provide him with a solid foundation to help him fulfill his role as a campus police officer,” said Helton.
“It’s a privilege and honor to work here, because most of those who come to work here have five years experience. It’s very rare to see a fresh officer at UNCP,” said Redman. “They’re definitely making my stay here very welcome,” continued Redman.
I’d like to stop those who are looking for trouble from getting into too much trouble before they graduate, said Redman.
“That’s the one thing I regret: not finishing college. I can relate to where those kids are coming from,” said Redman.