Troy McDuffie, chief of police for the Spring Lake Police Department, has put in his time. For the last seven years, he has spent numerous hours making sure Spring Lake, North Carolina, is a safe place to reside. McDuffie has an extraordinary passion for his role as Chief of Police and for the safety and well-being of the citizens of Spring Lake. Up & Coming Weekly recently sat down and had a reflective conversation entailing his career.
Chief, I understand you have some news you would like to share.
After 30 years of law enforcement, effective January 1, 2017, I will officially retire from the law enforcement field. My actual last day is the last week of December. This will end my law enforcement career.
When did you realize that now is the time for you to retire? What prompted this decision?
Thirty years in the law enforcement field is a long time. Those that work in the field
and still in the law enforcement profession know it is a very stressful profession. At some point, you know when you get to the point where you have options. Of course, I could continue my career and talk with the town officials and my employees, that’s what they had hoped. But you just know that it is time to pass the torch to new leadership and allow them to carry on and hopefully continue to build on all that we have built in Spring Lake.
When you reflect on your 30 years of service what is the one thing in your career that has been profound and had the most impact?
My passion has always been helping and protecting others. I feel that was something that the good Lord instilled in me when I was a child. As I reflect back on my career, it has been obvious that is what he intended for me to do and what he has used me for. The most gratifying of my career is the seven years I have spent here in Spring Lake leading and rebuilding this police department along with the challenges and struggles that we have gone through to rebuild relationships that were lost prior to me taking over.
It has been a joy to look back on those years and just watch the growth between the police and community, the support of the citizens, the support of the businesses and how we have grown to make this community a much safer place and put the past behind us.
What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?
When I look back at my legacy, what I would hope for others to say about Troy McDuffie is that I am a fair person and wanted the best for all in this community and ensured that when my officers policed the Spring Lake community, everyone was treated with dignity and respect.
Chief, we wish you happiness and peace of mind. Kudos for an excellent job and thanks for your leadership and dedication to serving others.