HAMLET — Rodney Tucker has been named interim chief of the Hamlet Police Department.
Tucker, 44, brings 15 years in law enforcement experience to his new role with the department. For the last year and 4 months, he has served as captain of investigations.
Tucker assumes the office of chief of police on May 30, replacing Chief Amery Griffin, who retires at the end of the month after serving the Hamlet Police Department for nearly 30 years.
“It’s time,” Griffin said. “I’ve been in it long enough, and I’m ready to put it behind me. It’s just time.”
Hamlet’s population is just above 6,000, according to 2012 census estimates. About 20 Hamlet police officers serve the town’s residents.
Formerly a Scotland County Sheriff’s Office deputy and investigator, Tucker moved to the Laurinburg Police Department after 11 years, where he spent nearly three years as an investigator before accepting his job with the Hamlet Police Department.
Tucker is married and has three children.
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