The Wake Tech Campus Police Department, established in 2012, is a fully-sanctioned law enforcement agency dedicated to protecting the life and property of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all Wake Tech campuses. The 17 institutions in the University of North Carolina System have campus police forces, along with 14 other community colleges across the state and most private universities in Wake County. The department is led by Chief Michael Penry, formerly of the Wake County Sheriff’s Department, who was sworn in on May 4, 2012. Sworn officers have full powers of arrest pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 115D-21.1 and enforce federal, state, and local laws along with certain college policies.
Meet the Chief
Michael Allen Penry was sworn in as Wake Tech’s first police chief on May 4, 2012. A former Wake County sheriff’s deputy, Chief Penry previously served as a school resource officer at Centennial Campus and Daniels middle schools. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he coordinated international mission trips and helped organize humanitarian relief efforts for local churches. Chief Penry has an undergraduate degree in religion from High Point University and a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.