Joey Hoagland has worked in law enforcement for many years.“Just following in my dad’s (former CMPD Officer Bob Hoagland) footsteps a little, I guess,” Hoagland said. “I knew as a kid that I wanted to be a police officer.”Hoagland was born and grew up in Charlotte, graduating from what now is Northside Christian Academy. As a young boy, he used to fish in Lake Norman.He played baseball in school, but knew early what his calling was.“I became a civilian dispatcher for the Charlotte Police Department when I was 18 and never looked back,” Hoagland said.By the late 1980s, Hoagland was living on the east coast of North Carolina in Shallotte, a rural community between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, S.C.Shallotte was incorporated in 1899, with earlier references to the town and river dating to 1734. Folklore suggests the town got its name from a traveler who crossed the river by ferry and called it Charlotte River.The river became Shallotte River, with the town taking on the name.Hoagland worked for the Shallotte Police Department for three years and became a lieutenant. As a trained emergency medical technician, Hoagland also served as chief of the Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad. He eventually moved to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department.“Among other duties, I was also on the dive team,” Hoagland said. “We’d dive into the intracoastal waterway looking for bodies or evidence.“I participated in deep-sea diving, too. That was most often for training or recreational purposes, though.” Hoagland worked as an aerial spotter, riding shotgun on a small Cessna as it flew over the large rural areas of Brunswick County looking for marijuana fields.“Since marijuana plants were not native to the area, they were easy to spot,” Hoagland said. “And we found many of them.”The Shallotte River was a favorite target of many drug smugglers during that time.Hoagland returned to the Charlotte area in the early 1990s and went to work for the Matthews Police Department.“After a couple of years, I went to work for Bissell Hotels in security. I worked at the Park Hotel in SouthPark, and was head of security over the Ballantyne Resort with all the properties involved,” Hoagland said. “I began working for Eagle Security (now called Landmark) in 1995, and have been at Seven Eagles Security, working near Quail Hollow Country Club, ever since.”Hoagland is in his mid-50s, divorced and has an adult son and daughter. He lives in Lincoln County near his 1-year-old grandson, Bentley.“I have such a great time with that baby,” Hoagland said.
Sunday, Jun. 09, 2013
He was destined to wear a badge
Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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