Richard Jenkins is a native of Cumberland County being a graduate of South View Senior High School and received his Associates in Applied Science Criminal Justice from Fayetteville Technical Community College.
He began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office where he was a Deputy Sheriff assigned to patrol serving the citizens of Hoke County. Richard Jenkins then left Hoke County Sheriff’s Office and furthered his career with the Raeford Police Department in 1997 serving the citizens of Raeford. At the Raeford Police Department Richard Jenkins began as a Patrol Officer and later was a Patrol Sergeant. He then was promoted to the detectives section of the Raeford Police Department where one of his assigned duties was as a gang investigator. In 2003 Richard Jenkins then left the Raeford Police Department to further his career and was hired by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Richard Jenkins began his career at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy assigned to Cape Fear Valley Hospital. He was then assigned to the patrol section of the Operations Division where he carried out duties as a patrol deputy along with becoming an alternate field training officer.
He further advanced through the Sheriff’s Office by being assigned to the Major Crimes Investigations Section, investigating crimes against persons. He then went on to the Homicide Unit of the Sheriff’s Office where he was promoted to Sergeant. After serving in the Homicide Unit Richard Jenkins was promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant and assigned to the Major Crimes Investigations Section.
He later went on to the Office of Professional Standards where during this time he was promoted to Lieutenant. More recently, Richard Jenkins was lastly assigned as a Federal Task Force Officer with U.S. Treasury Department IRS-Criminal Investigations. These investigations which encompassed the Eastern District of North Carolina (44 Counties) involving money laundering, illegal structuring, political corruption, cybercrimes and human trafficking. Jenkins has worked extensively with the Department of Homeland Security Criminal Investigations as well.
Richard Jenkins has his North Carolina General Instructors Certification which affords him the opportunity to assist with teaching Basic Law Enforcement Training at Fayetteville Technical Community College and In-Service Training at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Jenkins has received the North Carolina Justice Academy Criminal Investigations Certificate. He has also received his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in addition to his other conferred degrees.
On January 10, 2017, Sheriff Ennis W. Wright selected Richard D. Jenkins to serve as Chief Deputy. Chief Deputy Jenkins was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy effective January 10, 2017.
Admin. Assistant – Karen Norris – (910) 677-5412