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AG Cooper names new head of Criminal Justice Standards

Release date: 11/26/2013

Raleigh:  Attorney General Roy Cooper has named a new director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division.

Steven Combs, age 45, will assume his new post effective December 2. Combs will oversee the Criminal Justice Standards Division, which administers the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission's mandatory certification program for all sworn police officers in North Carolina.  The Commission sets employment and professional training standards for police officers and certifies officers who have met these standards.

“We rely on local police to keep our communities safe, and it’s critical that these officers get proper training and meet professional standards,” said Cooper.  “I’m pleased to appoint someone with Steve’s knowledge and experience to this important post overseeing training and standards for our state’s police officers.”

Prior to his new appointment, Combs has served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the State Bureau of Investigation in its Jacksonville office.  He has been with the SBI for 15 years.

Combs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and has completed specialized training in law enforcement management through the North Carolina Justice Academy.

Combs served previously with the Raleigh Police Department and in the US Coast Guard Reserves.

He will succeed Windy Hunter, who has served as acting director since Wayne Woodard’s retirement last year.

A native of Jacksonville, Combs currently lives in Jacksonville with his wife and two sons.

The Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission was created by the NC General Assembly in 1971 as the Training and Standards Council to oversee education and employment requirements for police officers.   The Commission is currently made up of 31 members appointed by the Governor, legislators, the Attorney General, and law enforcement groups.



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