Wilson’s Haste to lead N.C. internal affairs group

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Wilson Police Sgt. Stuart Haste was recently elected as president of the N.C. Internal Affairs Investigators Association.

Haste, who has been with the police department here for more than two decades, assumed the role on Aug. 4. The previous president of the association was Lt. Henry King of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The association is composed of law enforcement officers from around the state who are assigned to handle internal affairs investigations and complaints. The association’s goals are to provide training to law enforcement officers in areas including investigations, transparency and maintaining the public’s trust in respective agencies and in law enforcement as a whole, officials said.

Officials say Haste believes that the integrity of an agency is directly reflected in its relationships within the community. Wilson police officials said maintaining the public’s trust in an agency is vital to it being able to be successful in improving the community.

“He is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and developing professional standards of performance and integrity for internal affairs investigators,” said Wilson Police Capt. Eric Smith. “The association strives to provide investigators with the necessary training to perform fair and impartial investigations for both the community and officers.”

Haste has been with the Wilson Police Department for more than 23 years. Early in his career he served as a patrol officer and detective. As a sergeant, Haste has supervised in the patrol, investigative and administrative divisions. He currently serves as the professional standards sergeant.

Haste has worked with internal affairs as part of his duty assignments for five years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Wilmington and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. Haste is also an adjunct instructor at N.C. Wesleyan College, where he teaches ethics and other law enforcement topics.

He is also an active member of the Wilson Police Department’s Police Athletic and Activities League.

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