RALEIGH: Attorney General Roy Cooper has named a new director to head the North Carolina Justice Academy.
Peggy Schaefer, 47, will serve as director of the Justice Academy beginning this month. Schaefer, who previously served as Deputy Director of Operations, will oversee the Academy’s administration, including personnel management and general administration.
The Justice Academy provides training for thousands of law enforcement officers from across North Carolina each year.
“Our brave law enforcement officers deserve excellent training to make sure they’re ready to protect the people of North Carolina,” said Cooper. “We’re proud to offer quality instruction through the N.C. Justice Academy, and I’m pleased to appoint an experienced educator and law enforcer to take the lead.”
Schaefer holds a Masters in Public Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and an undergraduate degree from Guilford College, where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and the Administration of Justice.
She began her law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Schaefer then worked at the Greensboro Police Department, serving as an undercover narcotics officer and vice crimes investigator and later helping to recruit and teach new officers.
In 1988, Schaefer became an instructor with the Justice Academy, where she developed new courses for law enforcement and oversaw a revision of the statewide Basic Law Enforcement Training manual.
Schaefer succeeds Martha Stanford, who led the Justice Academy for 20 years before retiring in 2005.
Schaefer is married to Steven Bates, a Fraud Detective with the Fayetteville Police Department, and is the mother of four children. She lives in Cumberland County.
Created in 1973, the Justice Academy provides training programs and technical assistance to criminal justice agencies. The Academy also develops and publishes training materials for law enforcement. Numerous state and local agencies make use of the campus facilities in Salemburg and Edneyville, its support services, and its professional staff.