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Josh Wood serves as the Major of the Criminal Investigations.

Major Wood is a lifelong resident of Orange County. As a young person, influenced by the kindness and professionalism of a neighborhood state trooper, he became aware of his own desire to help and serve others.

Immediately after high school, he worked locally at the Colonial Gun Shop before moving to Carolina Beach to study real estate. While there, he learned to install vinyl siding. Eventually, he formed his own company and moved back to Orange County, intending to continue his business and start his law enforcement career.

Hired by then Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass, he worked in the detention center for about a year before attending both Basic Law Enforcement and Basic Detention Officer Certification classes in 1999. Following field training, he worked in the patrol division for several years before accepting a position with the Carrboro Police Department, where he worked for six years. While there, he attended K9 School, served on the tactical team, and worked in narcotics.

Wood returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2007, originally continuing his work in narcotics and on the tactical team. In 2009, he became certified as a K-9 instructor through Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Broward County Florida. He holds additional certifications through the United Police Canine Association and the International Police Work Dog Association.

Shortly after Charles Blackwood’s election as Sheriff in 2014, he appointed Wood as deputy commander of the agency’s tactical team, and in 2019, he appointed him as Captain of the Criminal Investigation unit. In addition to supervising criminal and narcotics investigators, Captain Wood oversees three K9 teams, the tactical team, and the newly formed Strike Team, a squad dedicated to fighting violent crime.

Major Wood holds the FBI -LEEDA Trilogy, which recognizes his certifications in Executive Leadership, Supervisory Leadership, and his completion of the Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. He is also earning his Criminal Justice degree with a minor in Administration of Justice from Western Carolina, and expects to graduate in December 2021. In his spare time, Captain Wood enjoys mentoring Orange County youth by coaching sports teams and assisting with sports related summer camps.

Address: 106 E. Margaret Ln. Hillsborough, NC 27278

E-mail:  JWood@orangecountync.gov    Direct Line: (919) 245-2927