Former Durham, Fayetteville officer named Fayetteville State Police Chief

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WTVD) – A former law enforcement officer who began his career with the Durham Police Department has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Policing and Public Safety/Chief of Police at the Fayetteville State University

The university announced Friday that Roberto E. Bryan Jr. will take up his new role on June 7.

Bryan comes to Fayetteville State after nearly three decades in law enforcement, including the United States Army where he was a military police officer. He succeeds former Chief Vixen Earl who retired in December.

“Roberto Bryan brings a rare combination of local, national, global and military law enforcement service and experience to our University Police Service, making him an exceptional leader who can take on this role immediately,” said Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison. “His strong connections in our communities will help us strengthen and elevate the work we are able to do on and off campus. When I look at the faces of the parents and guardians of many FSU students, my first engagement that I express to is that we will do everything we can to ensure the safety and protection of our students. With today’s announcement of the appointment of Mr. Roberto Bryan as our next Chief of Police, I am even more confident to make this promise to our families.

Bryan started as a police officer at Durham City in 1994. He went on to a distinguished career with the Drug Enforcement Administration and retired from the DEA in 2019 as a special agent after 22 years with the the agency.

He then joined the Fayetteville Police Department where he served as a police major for two years.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University, but is currently completing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from FSU.

“I am honored to become the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Policing and Public Safety/Chief of Police for Fayetteville State University,” Bryan said. “I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to maintain a safe and secure environment for this institution of higher education, now and in the future.”

Bryan and his wife of 26 years, Paulette, have two children.

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