Assistant Chief Wilson S. Weaver II

Wilson S. Weaver II


Assistant Chief W.S. Weaver II (60yrs) is a native of Winston-Salem with 38 years of law enforcement service with the Winston-Salem Police Department. He has served in the Patrol Division, Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) Division, Special Operations Division, and Investigative Services Bureau.  Assistant Chief Weaver has the North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer’s Advanced Level Professional Certificate and is a certified North Carolina General Law Enforcement Instructor.  He serves as the WSPD lead instructor for Anti-Terrorism/Homeland Defense.  Assistant Chief Weaver’s professional specialty is the response to, mitigation of, resolution and recovery from high risk incidents, providing law enforcement leadership through incidents with large community impact that include all hazards, from ice storms or other weather-related events to active shooters or other acts of terrorism.  

Professional Career
From June 2012 to January 2014 Assistant Chief Weaver commanded the Special Operations Division, which consisted of the K-9 Unit, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Crisis Negotiations Team, Hazardous Devices Unit (Bomb Squad), Winston-Salem/Forsyth County DWI Task Force, Gang Investigations Unit, Park Rangers and Special Events Coordination.  Upon promotion to Assistant Police Chief in January 2014, he assumed command of the WSPD Field Services Bureau, with over 300 Patrol Division and Special Operations Division personnel reporting to his Command.  As of April 2023 he is currently assigned to the WSPD Investigative Services Bureau, which contains the Criminal and Special Investigations Divisions, with Detectives responsible for investigating a vast array of major crimes.  


Assistant Chief Weaver’s extensive training and experience, which includes the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI LEEDA) Trilogy Training, are complimented by formal education consisting of an Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner-Webb University, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Appalachian State University.