Sanders becomes WPD’s 1st female vice sergeant

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The Wilson Police Department’s narcotics and vice unit has its first-ever female supervisor.

Sgt. Chelsea Sanders took her new post earlier this month and will lead the unit, which focuses on variety of issues including drugs, violent crimes and gang activity and participates in undercover and federal investigations.

“We couldn’t be happier having her take on the assignment,” said Capt. Eric Smith. “She does an outstanding job. She’s very talented and has shown to be a great leader.”

Smith said Sanders works hard and is also a great role model for youth.

“It’s a really important role for the department,” Smith said.

The Wilson Police Department participates in several federal task forces, partnering with agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Sanders, a Clayton native, will be over the officers assigned to those task forces.

She graduated Clayton High School and received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Carolina University in 2010. The Wilson Police Department hired Sanders immediately following her college graduation.

Sanders was assigned as a patrol officer, until re-assigned to the Problem-Oriented Response Team at the end of her first year working for the department. Sanders remained a PORT member until 2012 when she was transferred to the narcotics and vice unit.

In 2015, Sanders was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the patrol division where she first served the Charlie Team and has served lead the Adam Team since then until she took on her current role as supervisor on Jan. 2.

Sanders was one of three officers who were promoted or received new assignments this month.


Senior Police Officer William F. Hitchcock was promoted to sergeant and assigned under field operations. He will be serving as patrol supervisor on the Adam Team patrol shift.

Hitchcock, who was born and raised in the Boston area, graduated from Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2007.

He was hired by the Wilson Police Department in 2009.

Hitchcock worked as a patrol officer until 2013, when he was re-assigned to the PORT. Hitchcock remained a PORT member until 2014, when Hitchcock was reassigned as a detective in the criminal investigations division where he was served as a member of the Burglary Task Force, before being transferred to the Violent Offender Task Force.

Hitchcock earned his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 2017. He has been an active member of the Special Response Team since 2012 and currently serves as an assistant team leader.

He is also a certified North Carolina criminal justice training general instructor and is a specialized criminal justice training instructor in chemical munitions, less-lethal munitions and flash sound diversion devices.

OFFICER Sacejewia White

Police Officer II Sacejewia White has been recently named the hiring/recruiting coordinator for the Wilson Police Department. This is in addition to her previous duties serving as the department’s grants coordinator.

White, who was born in Wilson, was raised in Newport News, Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2012 and earned her master’s degree in criminal justice from Nova Southeastern University in 2015.

White began her career at the Wilson Police Department in 2014 where she served as a patrol officer in the West District until 2016 when she was selected to serve as the department’s grant coordinator.

During that time, White earned her North Carolina Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate in 2017. She is also on the accreditation team and was instrumental in preparing the department for its 2017 Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies reaccreditation process.

Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said he is extremely honored and blessed to work with such great people in the department.

“It is exciting to see these officers progress in their careers and I look forward to seeing the progress that I am sure they will bring to the agency,” Hopkins said. “I am confident in their abilities and fully expect that they will perform exceptionally.”