Ted D. Sauls ’97, B.S. criminal justice, is a captain on the Greenville Police Department. At ECU, Ted focused on long term career goals in law enforcement while working an average of 32 hours per week at a paint company and going to school full time.
“Unfortunately, I was not afforded the opportunity to enjoy the academic experience as much as I would have liked," Ted says. "This is an important point for those who follow to consider. Students should try to enjoy the full experience.....four years of university life will be a moment in time and will not last long!”
Ted began his career with the Greenville Police Department in January 1997 as a part-time evidence technician. The position led him to attend the North Carolina Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1997-98. Ted learned of a new program while attending East Carolina and qualified for the first ever cohort of the Police Corp, which mirrors the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program.
Following Police Academy, Ted served as a patrol officer, a bicycle patrol officer, a juvenile crimes detective, a patrol corporal, a patrol sergeant, training sergeant/coordinator for the department, and patrol lieutenant.
Currently, Ted is as a member of the Greenville Police Department Command Staff as a captain with duties including fiscal management and command of over fifty staff members serving in Code Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Training, Accounts Payable, Personnel/Recruiting, Public Information Officer, Crime Prevention, Accreditation, Records, Communications and all part-time civilian employees.
The Greenville Police Department is a progressive law enforcement agency policing a population of more than 81,000. In Ted’s current position, he is fifth in command of a department composed of 188 sworn officers and 53 civilian employees. “I attribute my success to the education I received at East Carolina University and to the staff who constantly discussed with me and my classmates the need to set goals and not settle for second best,” Ted says. “I have a long range plan that includes serving the citizens of Greenville as the Chief of Police before retiring with a thirty year career as a Greenville Police Officer.”