Meet Lawrence

DECISIVE, DETERMINED, AND DEDICATED

Lawrence Fennell

is a father and husband. He has served with Sampson County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. Fennell is a Pender County native who was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Willard, North Carolina, where he attended and graduated from Pender High School in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Fennell plays a vital role in his community. He is an active member of Newkirk Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, which he serves as a Sunday school teacher. Fennell grew up in Willard, North Carolina, where he worked on the farm with his father (Horace Fennell) alongside his mother (Vanese B. Fennell), who retired from Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

In his later years, he joined the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office in which he served in different occupational positions throughout his 10 years at SCSO. He first served as a Detention Officer as he rose through the ranks within the department.

After receiving his BLET certification

with Sampson County Community College, Fennell ventured to road patrol and was later assigned the acting Sergeant over transportation. He later ventured to Bailiff (Court Security), Support Services, which deals with Civil matters and he has continued to hold this position. Fennell holds numerous certifications and he’s certified in several Law Enforcement areas within the Sheriff’s Office.

Being in law enforcement can be difficult, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I believe our officers should be able to get to know the people they are serving so they can build positive relationships with them. How can we make their job easier so they can do that more often?

First, I believe we need more officers on duty at one time. I have heard many stories about the response times that people have experienced in our county and it is very concerning. Not having enough man/woman power puts unnecessary pressure on our officers and that’s just not fair. That is one area that I will absolutely be focused on.

Next, and this is where all of you come in,

we need to reduce crime. So we need to tackle things like poverty and a lack of educational and career opportunities. We know that these things have great impacts on our youth and the paths that they take in life. We want them to have more opportunities, crime can no longer be an option when they choose their paths. We need you all to show up for local meetings and get to know who is representing you, ask the hard questions and get involved.

The sheriff can only do so much in certain areas but all of you together can make some serious changes. That is why we aren’t just running a campaign, we want to start a grassroots movement across Pender County to motivate and mobilize our citizens so we can make our county what it could and should be. We hope you are ready because we can’t wait to do this with all of you! #HelpIsOnTheWay

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Lawrence Fennell is a father and husband. He has served with Sampson County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. Fennell is a Pender County native who was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Willard, North Carolina, where he attended and graduated from Pender High School in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Fennell plays a vital role in his community. He is an active member of Newkirk Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, which he serves as a Sunday school teacher. Fennell grew up in Willard, North Carolina, where he worked on the farm with his father (Horace Fennell) alongside his mother (Vanese B. Fennell), who retired from Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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