Lori Faircloth, now a detective in Holly Ridge, has done police work in North Topsail and Richlands over her 14 years of service.

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Name: Lori Faircloth

Age: 40

Agency: Holly Ridge Police Department

Years Served: 12 years sworn, 2 years unsworn

Rank or Title: Detective

What made you decide on this career path?

Being a police officer has always been a childhood dream of mine. I have always wanted to help people and solve crimes. I believe justice should be served fairly.

What is it you love about working in your community?

I love working in Holly Ridge because an officer can meet many diverse people on any given day. An officer can help citizens with anything as small as an animal complaint to being a part of a large investigation that can be detrimental to the community if not handled properly. Protecting our citizens' lives, liberty and property in my community is of utmost importance to me.

Where else have you worked in the past?

North Topsail Beach Police Department 2012-2018, Richlands Police Department 2008-2012 and Meredith College Campus Police Department 2004-20010 (dually sworn with Richlands for a few years).

Describe the road to your current position:

Traffic enforcement had always been my passion, but I also had an interest in investigation of drug and major crimes. I have excelled in traffic enforcement and always tried to go above and beyond when searching for answers while investigating crimes. I believe my attention to detail and continuous investigation until the case is solved or the leads are exhausted has lead me down the road to becoming a detective.

What was the most memorable case you’ve worked?

There are many cases that are memorable that I have worked since being promoted to detective. The cases are all still pending so I cannot discuss them at this time. One of my most memorable traffic enforcement stops occurred when I was working by myself in Richlands, and I got into my first car chase over a headlight being out. The chase was not high-speed but the driver drove all around town until he finally just gave up when we were in front of the police department. The driver just stopped the car, threw his hand out the window and surrendered. The driver was impaired on illegal drugs and that traffic stop led to a major drug investigation in other counties, and ultimately getting a large drug dealer off of the streets for a long time.

What pushes you to stay on this career path and continue working in such a challenging position?

Finding the truth and having justice prevail is what pushes me to stay in this position. Everyone wants answers as to who, what, when, where, why and how if they are involved in a crime and I do my best to fight for justice for everyone.

Any additional comments you’d like to include:

I have been in the law enforcement community for 14 years total and I have learned a lot from some great leaders. I only wish to grow and become more knowledgeable about every aspect of the law as I can, so I can teach new officers what I have learned and have be given the opportunity to be a part of in the career that I have chosen.

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