Darla Godwin Cole
Office: Lauretta Taylor Building, #336
Masters of Justice Administration
Darla Cole is a sworn law enforcement officer with 18 years of experience in various areas of the field. She has worked in patrol, community police, investigations, and administration for police agencies in North Carolina. As a detective in Sanford, N.C., her primary areas of work were in gang investigations and working with underserved victims. From 2006-2013, she was chief of the Lee County Schools Special Police and supervised the county schools' SRO program, crime prevention initiatives, and crisis planning and training. Cole also has written and managed grants for her police agencies, bringing in more than $1 million for equipment, personnel and crime prevention programs.
In additional to her formal education, Cole holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the N.C. Department of Justice and has received several professional certifications and honors.
Prior to going into law enforcement, Cole was a newspaper report - covering crime and the courts. She received the N.C. Press Association's News Enterprise Award in 1995 for an investigative series on the teen drug problem of "huffing."
Cole's areas of interest are policing in immigrant communities and improving training and standards for police. She also is active in community affairs and youth programs in her home community.