Carlock was committed to public service long before he joined NOVA. From 1981 to 1989, he served eight years in the Pennsylvania and D.C. Army National Guard, where he was assigned to the infantry and later to the military police company. He began his law enforcement career as a NOVA officer at the Alexandria Campus in 1987.
Carlock left NOVA in 1988 and served with distinction as a law enforcement officer for the City of Manassas Park Police Department, the Town of Dumfries and the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office. In Dumfries, he was a member of several inter-jurisdiction task forces and was selected as officer of the year and earned sergeant’s stripes. While at the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office he served on a fugitive squad and brought hundreds of fugitives to justice.
Since returning to NOVA in 2004, Carlock has served the College police in every capacity possible, to include an eight-year stint as the training coordinator, district commander for NOVA’s Manassas and Woodbridge Campuses, patrol sergeant, honor guard commander, LInX security and system manager, background and hiring manager and internal affairs investigator. On Dec. 8, 2009, he was also the incident commander and direct supervisor during the active shooter incident at the Woodbridge Campus.
It is in the area of training that Carlock has made the most lasting contributions to the well-being of the NOVA community. He helped create the department’s firearms program, created a new field training officer (FTO) program, assisted in the creation of annual active shooters training, managed all departmental training initiatives and established training partnerships with state, federal and local agencies.
The NOVA Police Department will host a College-wide retirement ceremony on August 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Lakeside Theater at the Woodbridge Campus. The NOVA community is invited to attend and join the department in thanking Lt. Carlock for his outstanding service.