Jimmy Henley
The Director

34 years experience in both law enforcement and investigations. During my tenure with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department I served as a road patrol deputy, Patrol Supervisor, Commander of the Departments Special Operataions Unit and as Assistant Chief of Detectives. I am a disabled veteran who served my country in the United States Army with many overseas deployments as well as Vietnam. 

NC Special Police is a Veteran owned and operated Business.

History of


  • The history of special police / company police in North Carolina spans almost one hundred and twenty five years. As special law enforcement problems arose which could not adequately be handled by existing officers, new law enforcement agencies were created to handle these problems. The officers of these agencies were called "special policemen" and were authorized for railroads in 1871, for electric or water power companies and construction companies in 1907 and for manufacturing companies in 1923. See, N.C. Code Ann. §§ 3484-3488 (Michie, 1935). In Company Police Study Guide 2.19.133. Small towns and communities, the special policemen were often the only police officers available to assist the county sheriff and his deputies. The power to appoint these special police officers rested with the Governor until 1971, when the special police and company police were transferred to the Department of Justice by the State Government Reorganization Act. N.C.G.S. § 143A-54.Company police agencies and Special Police officers can be found throughout North Carolina. At present, there are over 60 special police/company police agencies serving our state.

  • Special police officers patrol and enforce the criminal laws of our state on private and public school property, county and state hospitals, shopping centers, apartment complexes, office buildings, golf courses, recreational lakes and train stations. Special police agencies are a vital part of the criminal justice system's efforts in this state. Special police agencies supplement our state, municipal and county police agencies thereby relieving them of some of the calls-for-service that burden all law enforcement agencies. Due to the specialized nature of special police agencies, it is important that state and local agencies and officers, as well as the general public, fully understand the role of a special police agency and the officers they have commissioned. Special police agencies range in size from those employing as few as one officer to those with as many as sixty officers.

  • To be commissioned as a special police officer, an applicant must meet the minimum standards required for employment and certification as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina, including completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training course. Additionally, an applicant must successfully complete an examination on the law and administrative rules governing special police / company police with a minimum score of 80%. (If approved, an applicant will also receive law enforcement certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission). Once the applicant has been officially sworn in by attesting to an oath of office, they will receive a commission from the Attorney General. This commission will give the Special Police Officers the same subject matter jurisdiction as any other sworn law enforcement officers to make arrests for both felonies and misdemeanors or infractions.


NC Special Police & Fayetteville City Police working together on a drug bust.
Patrol Supervisor Lt. Addison
Interacting with the Public
Special Security Patrol