Captain Keith Pendergrass is a native of Vance County. He has several years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer. Keith has been employed with the City of Wilson Police Department since 1994 after serving two years with the Cary Police Department. In addition, Captain Pendergrass has recently retired as a commissioned officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard where he has twenty years of service. Keith holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wilson Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Sutdies with a core theme in Public Administration from North Carolina State University in 2010. He is a 2001 graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program from North Carolina State University. Keith holds a state instructor certificate and teaches several courses in the police academy at Wilson Community College. He began his career in Wilson as a patrol officer. Keith was transferred to investigations in 1997 and worked narcotics until being promoted to sergeant in 1999. Keith supervised a patrol team until being transferred back to investigations in 2003 where he supervised the narcotics unit. In 2004, Keith transferred from narcotics to supervise the criminal investigation and major case investigators. He remained in this position until being promoted to Lieutenant in 2006. Currently he is the Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division. Keith is married and has three adorable children.
Sergeant Steve Gardner
Sergeant Kelly Lamm
Criminal Investigations (Detectives): This section is supervised by the Criminal Investigations Sergeants and shall be responsible for investigating serious crimes. Its activities are substantially "after the fact" and consist primarily of identifying and arresting perpetrators of major crimes and preparing cases for court.
Forensic Analyst Unit/Property/Evidence: This unit collects, preserves and analyzes physical evidence from a crime scene. They also are responsible for all evidence and property, building maintenance requests and taxi applications.
Victims Assistance: Interviews clients and obtains necessary background information on crime committed, refers them to appropriate agencies and assists them in obtaining services. Follow up with clients to determine if services were obtained and if needs were met. Works with clients through court disposition and facilitates the recovery of stolen property. Establishes and maintains a working relationship with law enforcement agencies, social services, and mental health agencies in planning and conducting programs. Acts as a resource person for officers who encounter persons in need. Attends community meetings and develops presentations about the Victim Assistance Program.