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John Hegger

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Criminal justice practitioner with over sixteen years of experience working in multiple facets of the justice system. John began his career in 1998 working in the probation field in Massachusetts. He relocated to the State of Georgia where he initially worked as an adult probation officer in Atlanta. After having an opportunity to attend the police academy, he worked as a law enforcement officer, where he focused his training on advanced field sobriety and traffic enforcement. John has a wide array of experience, and has previously held the position of corporal, as well as being a certified field training officer. He was assigned to the criminal investigations division and worked as both lead detective and as a crime scene technician. In 2009, John relocated to Charlotte, NC to work as a probation and parole officer. In 2014, he was selected to join the administration, and he currently holds the position of Assistant Chief of Special Operations for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. His main responsibilities involve the development and implementation of a field training program. John is a certified criminal justice general instructor for the State of North Carolina.

John has achieved several academic accomplishments. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. While there, he obtained an associate’s degree in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and a certificate in law enforcement science. In 2009, John obtained a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University. He recently completed a second graduate degree earning a master of science in criminal justice from Boston University. John currently serves on multiple public safety advisory committees, including Central Piedmont Community College, ECPI University, and Kaplan University. In addition to holding several academic degrees, he has three years of experience working as an adjunct professor of organizational leadership for undergraduate degree seeking students.

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