Police Chief Pat Ford
Captain Lynn Curl
Captain Lynn Curl is a twenty-four-year veteran of law enforcement and twenty-one of those years has been with the Oxford Police Department. Capt. Curl has her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Vance Granville Community College and Advanced Law Enforcement Degree Certificate from North Carolina Training and Standards. She completed the Law Enforcement Executive Program at NCSU and attended the Management Institute at the Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Center in Wilson, NC.
Capt. Curl is a native to Henderson, North Carolina, and having grown up locally is very familiar with all of the surrounding communities. Capt. Curl began her career as a Ranger for the North Carolina State Parks in 1989. She decided to attend Basic Law Enforcement Training and graduated in 1990. Capt. Curl became employed with the Clinton Police Department and in turn furthered her career by serving as a D.A.R.E Officer with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department.
In 1998 Capt. Curl accepted a position as a patrol officer at Oxford Police Department. Capt. Curl has also held assignments as K-9 Officer, Detective with the High-Intensity Target Team, lead officer of the High-Intensity Target Team, Sergeant of the Criminal Investigation Division, and then promoted to Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigation Division in 2012. She also serves as the Power Shift and Emergency Response Team Leader and Professional Standards Investigator today.
In her role as Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigation Division, she has worked closely and coordinated with the US Attorney’s Office on Project Safe Neighborhood and the Offender Focus Program. She also participated in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Taskforce, as well as countless narcotic and firearm cases throughout her career in Oxford.
Capt. Curl has been awarded Officer of the Year on two occasions, the Merit Award for her work with the High-Intensity Target Team, and numerous Letters of Commendation from the FBI, ATF, US Attorney’s Office, and local law enforcement. During her career, she has been involved in a variety of investigations at the local, state, and federal levels. Capt. Curl has dedicated her life to the protection, service, and wellbeing of every citizen within her jurisdiction.
Lieutenant Michael Stockwell
Lieutenant Stockwell has been employed with the Oxford Police Department since 2006. His introduction into law enforcement began in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from high school, where Lt. Stockwell enrolled in the two-year Police Academy Track Program at Columbus State Community College. Upon completion of this program, he graduated with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice as well as obtained the Peace Officer Certification for the state of Ohio. Shortly after graduation, he moved to North Carolina and enrolled in Basic Law Enforcement Training at Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) where upon completion, was hired by the Oxford Police Department.
Lt. Stockwell received the Chief's Award of Distinction in 2008 and 2010 and was awarded Officer of the Year in 2012. He obtained his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 2015 and in 2018 graduated from North Carolina Central University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.
Lt. Stockwell has served all of his time in the patrol division but has been a long-time member and team leader of the department's Emergency Response Team and has assisted with K-9 training as a decoy. He serves as a part-time instructor with VGCC where he assists with BLET training and is an OC Spray Instructor for the police department.
Lieutenant Eric Coghill
Lieutenant (Lt.) Eric Coghill has over 25 years of sworn Law Enforcement experience with the City of Oxford where he currently leads a highly motivated, four (4) squad uniform patrol division. He is the department's armorer and Chemical Impact Munitions Less Than Lethal and Taser Instructure. Before becoming Uniform Patrol Commander, Lt. Coghill held several positions starting as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, and K-9 officer. After returning to the Patrol division, Lt. Coghill quickly made the rank of corporal and in 2006 was promoted to Sergeant.
After serving in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne, at Fort Bragg, NC, Lt. Coghill graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) in 1995 from Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from NC Wesleyan College in 2008. He is currently in the process of working towards a Master's degree in Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University. He has also earned Intermediate and Advanced law enforcement certifications from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.
During Lt. Coghill's police service, he re-enlisted into the North Carolina National Guard where he was assigned to the Medical Detachment at Camp Butner, NC. He worked his way up to become a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and lead a squad of five (5) soldiers.
Lt. Coghill has received the First Line Supervisor Award and most recently awarded the Life Saving Medal.