Erik A. HooksSecretary of Public Safety

Secretary Erik A. Hooks

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Erik A. Hooks to serve as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Jan. 5, 2017. As the Department of Public Safety Secretary, Hooks oversees a department of approximately 26,000 sworn law enforcement and civilian employees, along with 11,000 North Carolina National Guard soldiers.

A dedicated public servant, Hooks has an extensive law enforcement background.  He joined North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in 1989 as a special agent and has since served in various capacities.   Hooks served as a special agent, assistant special agent in charge with the Special Investigations Division as well as unit commander/manager for Professional Standards.  In 2005, Hooks rose to be the SBI assistant director over the professional standards division.  He has also led the SBI’s efforts in threat assessment, inspections and compliance.

Secretary Hooks is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, North Carolina Police Executive’s Association, and has served as the chairman of the SBI Special Committee on Development and Diversity, Committee on Criminal Discovery and Compliance, and a host of internal workgroups to enhance the efficiency of the agency.

A North Carolina State University graduate, Hooks holds a master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Organizational Management and Research.