Archdale gets new, but familiar, police chief

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 10:42 AM

Archdale has named one of it’s own to take the reigns as the city’s new police chief.
Shannon Craddock took the oath of office during the June 25 Archdale City Council meeting. Craddock brings 20 years of experience in law enforcement to his new position, replacing Darrell Gibbs, who retired in February.
“It is a little overwhelming and a lot to take in. It is a very humbling experience for me,” Craddock said of his promotion. “I have had some good support from the other city employees and police staff.”
The department has 27 officers.
Craddock joined the department in 1996 as a patrol officer. Since 2009, he has held the rank of captain and has been acting as the interim police chief since Gibbs’ retirement. He was one of three applicants for the position and City Manager Jerry Yarborough said that he was the best man for the job.
“He’s skilled, known in the community and has demonstrated leadership among his time here,” Yarborough said.
Craddock said that he has begun working to develop leadership roles and improve the services that the department offers Archdale residents.
“We wanted to make sure that as people transitioned out, other folks would be capable to fill those roles,” Craddock said. “In the next four years, this agency will lose about 100 years of police experience with retirements. We are trying to get those younger folks ready to step in.”
Craddock said that Archdale residents should know that he is dedicated to providing professional services to them, regardless of who they are, and that he is loyal to the community.
“If you are a resident here, you will be treated fairly. I am very loyal to the community and the city, with 17 years of my career here,” Craddock said. “I am very open-minded and honest and will try to see things from someone else’s prospective. The most important thing about the job is staying true to who you are and serving the public.”
Although Craddock is still getting settled into his new role, he hasn’t even switched offices yet, we asked him what are the top five changes that he has or hopes to have set up in the department over the next year. Here’s what he had to say:

• Uniform of the day
“The uniform of the day will be the officer’s choice. The department policy used to be that the uniform of the day was determined by the chief of police. Every officer had to wear long or short sleeve shirts depending on the chief’s decision and time of year. This was often determined seasonally. During my interim phase, I removed that policy and now each officer determines what uniform he or she wants to wear based on comfort and the unexpected rise or fall of temperature regardless of season.”

• Evidence and property protocol
“The evidence and property protocol has been strengthened. Previously, all evidence was handled by and in the custody of one person, an evidence custodian. During my interim phase, I changed the protocol to require a two-person and two-key system to strengthen the integrity and add oversight to the processing and handling of evidence. The new protocol now requires that a witness must be present when adding or removing evidence or property from the evidence room and all activity and people present will be logged and time stamped into our system. Two separate keys are required to access the evidence room and at no time can the same person possess both keys or enter the room alone.”

• Management team meetings
“I have implemented quarterly management team meetings to review our field operations and internal processes. We evaluate what we do well and look for areas that may need improving. We also evaluate current policy and revise those that may be dated or need to be amended to address current department needs. These meetings are designed to give officers a voice in how the department is operated and the goals we want to achieve. It also gives us a chance collectively to evaluate our efficiency and weaknesses.”

• Reality-based training
“We are currently focusing our training on “active shooter” so that our officers will be as prepared as possible for this type of real life encounter. We utilize real firearms that fire paint-filled projectiles known as simunitions. This is the most realistic training we’ve ever done. We conduct this type of training in the actual settings where they are likely to occur such as schools, offices or vehicles.”

• Criminal investigations divisions
“When financial resources allow, I plan to expand the criminal investigations division. We currently have two officers assigned to persons, property and financial crimes, one officer assigned to vice and narcotic crimes and one officer assigned to criminal interdiction. I plan to eventually add one more officer to vice and narcotic crimes.” | 888-3657

Educational Bio
1988-East Davidson Graduate
1997-1999 Davidson County Community College, Associate in Applied Science-Criminal Justice
2000-2004 Western Carolina University, Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice
2006-North Carolina State University, Administrative Officer’s Management Program
2010-2011 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Law Enforcement Leadership and Management Development
2012-2013 UNC-Chapel Hill, Municipal County Administration