Keynote Speaker

North Carolina APCO welcomes Lieutenant Colonel Alan Melvin from the North Carolina Highway Patrol as the keynote speaker for the Opening Banquet of the 2018 Telecommunicator Training Symposium!  Lt. Col. Melvin will also be making a special presentation and proclamation from Governor Roy Cooper recognizing National Public-Safety Telecommunicator week.


Lieutenant Colonel Alan Melvin was sworn in as a State Highway Patrol Trooper in 1992.  He has served in various capacities and ranks, initially as a Trooper in Fayetteville, then Director (First Sergeant) of the Executive Protection Detail in Raleigh, and subsequently as Unit Commander (Captain) of Technical Services and later transferred to the Professional Standards Section.  Lieutenant Colonel Melvin served as the Patrol’s liaison and Planning Section Chief for the 2012 DNC held in Charlotte.  

Melvin was promoted to the rank of Major on March 1, 2017 as the Support Services Section Director.  In Support Services, he oversaw the administration of the Patrol’s Logistics Unit, Technical Services Unit, Personnel Unit, Performance Management/Promotion Unit and the Budget/Grants Unit.  These units collectively support the Patrol in the areas of fleet management, North Carolina’s statewide radio system (VIPER), IT network/hardware support, IT training, Human Resource functions, sworn promotion process, and oversight of the Patrol’s budget and funding sources.  Upon being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on January 22, 2018, Melvin is responsible for the Support Operations side of the Patrol which includes the Support Services Section, Training Academy Section, and all budget & grant functions. 
Lieutenant Colonel Melvin received his Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from East Carolina University (1988), a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2003), and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia (2012).  He is a graduate of the 251st Session of the FBI National Academy at the Federal Bureau of Investigation training center, in Quantico, Va.  Lieutenant Colonel Melvin was a recipient of the NCEMA’s President’s Award in 2009 for partnerships in interoperability.

Lieutenant Colonel Melvin is an Eagle Scout and has been active in the Scouting movement to include Assistant Scoutmaster, Unit Eagle Committee member, and Committee Chair for Venture Crew 223.  Lieutenant Colonel Melvin also served on the Security Leadership Team for the BSA’s 2017 National Jamboree in Bechtel, West Virginia.