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Meet Kelvin

Born to Doris and Donald Hargrove in Oxford, North Carolina, and younger brother to Ken, I knew at a young age this was my calling. I saw the officers in my community helping and making a difference, and then I experienced the help they provided. The officers helped my family through some trying times when I was young, and it was those times that showed me what I could be a part of. Oxford Police Department engaged with the youth through a Police Explorer Program. The time I spent in that program reaffirmed my decision to join law enforcement. 

At 17 years old, I graduated from high school but was four years short of being old enough to be an officer. It would have been easy for me to spend the four years just waiting for my time, but I made the decision to spend the four years furthering my education and preparing for my future in law enforcement. I received a degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University (Go Broncos!).  Everything was set – I was finally old enough. I had a degree. My dream was one job application away. Turns out, it wasn’t. To make myself more marketable in the industry, I enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training at Fayetteville Technical Community College. I completed the training and received my certification in Spring 1991 and in August 1992, my career began with the Wilmington Police Department. 

It took hard work and patience, but I achieved my life-long dream of being a Police Officer and throughout my time on the force I’ve done it all. Here’s a quick look at my extensive experience. 

My assignments included: 

Once I was promoted to Sergeant, I supervised many areas including: 

  • Uniform Patrol
  • P.A.T.T.  (Street level narcotics unit}
  • S.W.A.T. Team (Special Weapons and Tactics)
  • Vice and Narcotics Unit
  • Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Crimes against persons Unit

As a Lieutenant, my assignments were in administrative management, including: 

  • Watch Commander for Uniform Patrol Division 
  • Assistant Division Commander for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID)
  • Assistant Division Commander for Uniform Patrol Northwest Division
  • Acting Division Commander for Special Operation Division

As a Captain, where I served as the Division Commander for Special Operations Division overseeing the day-to-day operations which included:

  • WPD/NHCSO Housing Unit
  • Traffic Unit
  • K-9
  • Bomb Unit
  • WPD SRO’s assigned to city Schools
  • S.W.A.T. Team
  • Civil Disturbance Unit
  • WPD/NHCSO Mobile Field Force Unit

Throughout my time in law enforcement, my dreams evolved but the one thing that remained steadfast is that I love the work and I am meant to serve. With that, after 29 years of service to the city I call home, I retired on Aug. 31, 2021 to pursue the position of Sheriff of New Hanover County. 

Law enforcement is changing. I want to be that Agent of Change for New Hanover County. I have worked positions from the entry level all the way up through administrative levels being responsible for leadership, personnel, budgeting, and planning.

As Sheriff, I will bring a New Voice, New Direction, New Leader to the office and New Hanover County. 

Law Enforcement is a vital part of our communities, and we can no longer separate ourselves. It takes each of us to help keep our communities safe.  

As your Sheriff, I will Restore trust with my Experienced leadership, leading the agency back to professionalism and respect from the people of this county, while Building strong relationships and Unifying communities with Inclusivity so no one is excluded and above all,  I will remain Loyal to the people of New Hanover County and the employees of the Sheriff’s Office as I displayed throughout my Law Enforcement career with Dedication to my profession and the citizens whom I served for over 29 years at one agency and well over my entire adult life here in the New Hanover County Community.

 As your Sheriff, I will REBUILD. 


  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Instructor
  • Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Certified Instructor
  • ALICE Certified Trainer for active shooter scenarios
  • Retired Captain from the Wilmington Police Department
  • Wounded in Service Award
  • Created and implemented Male Mentoring Program
  • Graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program
  • Crisis Intervention Team Member
  • Criminal Justice Instructor
  • Certified Advanced Law Enforcement
  • Courageous Action in the Line of Duty Award winner
  • Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC
  • Law Enforcement Consultant for the movie Halloween Kills and the television show Hightown
  • Actor/Additional Crew for Halloween Kills

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