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Patrick Higgins becomes 10,000 Member of the North Carolina PBA

Oak Island Police Officer Patrick Higgins recently became the 10,000 member of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.  
 
Officer Higgins was born and raised in Morris Plains, NJ by his parents Paul and Mary Higgins, along with his siblings, Philip and Emily.  
 
He attended Morristown High School and then went on to attend East Carolina University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.   He attended Basic Law Enforcement Training at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC, which prepared him for his career in law enforcement.  
 
He began working for the Oak Island Police Department soon after graduation. “I am lucky to work and live in such an amazing town that is right on the water. Fellow officers have been influential in helping me to build a strong beginning in my career,” said Higgins.   
 
Shortly after being hired, a number of fellow officers encouraged him to become a member of the PBA for North Carolina.  This was followed by officers meeting with PBA Recruiter Tommy McKoon who visited the department.  McKoon discussed the critical importance of PBA membership and the benefits that are provided.  This meeting was the catalyst for Officer Higgins to become a member.  According to Higgins,  “I believe it is vital that all current and newly hired officers become members of the PBA. They provide a variety of services to help protect you and your family from the hardships associated with this line of work. I will continue to be a member of the PBA as long as I am in law enforcement because they are an organization that is dedicated to taking care of their members."  
 
His future career goals include exploring different specialized units with his current sights set on working with a K9 Unit. The NCPBA is proud to have Patrick and all of the other 10,000 members that make up the largest law enforcement association in North Carolina. 
 

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