HPS Recognizes Retiring Police Chief

HPS Recognizes Retiring Police Chief
Posted on 07/06/2016

During the recent retirement celebration for Chief of Police, Tom Adkins, Hickory Public Schools recognized Chief Adkins for his unwavering dedication to the children in the community.


HPS Superintendent, Dr. Robbie Adell and HPS Chairman of the Board of Education, Reginald Hamilton, presented Chief Adkins with the prestigious “Champion of Children” Award. This award is given to community citizens who tirelessly dedicate service to the welfare of all children in the community.


“There’s no greater resource in our community—than the gift of our children,” said HPS Superintendent, Dr. Robbie Adell. “As they grow, our children face a variety of opportunities. But for some children, they face extreme challenges…more than any child should ever experience.”


Dr. Adell recognized Chief Adkins for his leadership and genuine care for all children: “No matter their age or circumstance, you have placed the welfare of children above all else. Thank you, Chief Adkins, for making a difference in the Hickory community—and for making a difference in the lives of our children,” he said.


According to Adell, the partnership between Hickory Public Schools and the Hickory Police Department has strengthened under Adkin’s leadership. “We are thankful for the service from our School Resource Officers (SROs) and the entire HPD team,” said Adell. “Everyone works tirelessly to lead by example—and to take care of the future of our community, the children. We wish Chief Adkins the very best in his retirement and we are thankful for his service to Hickory Public Schools.”






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