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Emmett Smith this week was sworn in as Halifax Community College police chief.

He had recently been appointed to the position for the HCC Police Department.

“The event symbolized the start of a new chapter in campus security and law enforcement,” the college said. “Chief Smith is a highly experienced and dedicated individual, committed to building positive relationships within the campus community. With a focus on community-oriented policing, the chief is well-equipped to lead the campus police force in developing effective strategies for crime prevention and response.”

Christie Avens, Halifax County register of deeds, administered the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony as Smith’s wife Tekla held the Bible and his son Isaiah Smith stood as a witness.

“Being sworn in as chief of police is a great milestone in my life,” he said. “Becoming a chief of a police department is a goal that I set for myself when I entered the law enforcement profession.”

Smith has been in law enforcement for 22 years. “I have established great friendships in the law enforcement community along with the public. My goal is to work toward making the Halifax Community College Police Department a shining example of commitment and service to both the students and the public.”