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Troopers promoted, sent to Richmond County station

N.C. State Highway Patrol cruiser. RO file photo

HAMLET — The N.C. State Highway Patrol recently announced new faces for the station in Richmond County.

According to a press release issued Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Trooper P.D. Smith of the Union County station has been promoted to the rank of first sergeant. That promotion included a transfer to the Richmond County station in Hamlet.

(Note: The spreadsheet from DPS lists the city for the duty station as Rockingham.)

Likewise, Trooper C.W. Palmiter of Moore County was promoted to sergeant and was sent south.

Smith and Palmiter were two of more than 100 troopers and other personnel promoted since 2022. However, the press release does not indicate when they were set to report to their new duty stations.

The promotion ceremony — first since February of 2022 — was held Tuesday at Hope Community Church in Raleigh, with oaths administered by N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby.


“Being a leader is not easy, nevertheless you have accepted this calling into public service and have demonstrated unwavering preparedness to lead others,” said Col. Freddy Johnson, commander of the NCSHP. “Today we take time to recognize the contributions you have made to our mission of saving lives, and we look forward to the positive impact you will have as leaders of this organization.”

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