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CyberCrime Faculty

Contact Sherry Herman (Department Head) 828-327-7000 Ext 4050



Eric Loftin

Currently serves as the Captain/Assistant Chief of Police with the Conover Police Department overseeing the day to day operations of the department including staffing, budgeting, and planning.  He has served in this role since 2009.  Eric has been with the Conover Police Department for twenty-two years.  He has served the Conover Police Department in many roles including: Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Sergeant, Sergeant in Criminal Investigations, Accreditation Manager and Training Coordinator.  He is a certified General Instructor with the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and is a specialized instructor in law enforcement driver training and active shooter/rapid deployment.  Eric continues to teach in-service training for the police department and Basic Law Enforcement Training at Catawba Valley Community College.     


He is a graduate of Catawba Valley Community College where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate from Lees-McRae College where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.  In 2011, Eric earned a Master in Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University. 


Some of his law enforcement accomplishments include completing the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) through North Carolina State University and completing the Criminal Investigation Certificate Program through the North Carolina Justice Academy.  He has also obtained the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.  Additionally, he has received specialized training from the American Academy of Applied Forensics and is a certified Master Instructor with Taser. 


Karen Cavanaugh

 Karen has worked for over 30 years in Customer Service, IT, First Level Support.  She is currently pursuing Graduate Certificate in Sociology at Appalachian State University. 

Karen has a Master of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Criminal Justice & Criminologyfrom Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, from Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC, where she is a Member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, and an Associate of Science Degree in Cyber Crime Technology, Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC, where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Karen has been a Continuing Education instructor for Catawba Valley Community College since 2011.

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Updated 01.13.2014: School of Public Safety