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Hoyle rules: Retired police chief receives prestigious award


Dec. 29. Bence Hoyle, the former chief of police in Huntersville and Cornelius, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, recognizing his years of leadership in law enforcement.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to those who have made significant contributions to their communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.


Hoyle began his law enforcement career in 1984, and was eventually promoted to Police Chief of Huntersville at 26 years old. He would go on to serve in several other communities around the state, including Waynesville, Lincoln County, King, Mt. Holly and Cornelius, before returning to Huntersville to retire earlier this year.

Hoyle’s years of service in North Carolina have been marked by outstanding achievements and garnered recognition and awards from various organizations, in addition to his exceptional professional accomplishments.

Hoyle has served on several boards and committees, including the North Carolina’s Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a lifetime member of the International Chiefs of Police. Hoyle graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and is a graduate of Methodist University with a master’s degree in justice administration. Hoyle has also graduated from the Southern Institute of Policing at the University of Louisville.


“He has consistently demonstrated high integrity, compassion, and dedication in all his endeavors,” said former Huntersville Mayor Melinda Bales. “His commitment to service and leadership has inspired many, and he is a true asset to the state of North Carolina.”

Among the honors and awards the Governor of North Carolina can bestow, none is more valued than the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Since its creation in 1963, it has been presented to honor persons with a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina or some other remarkable achievement and to others as a gesture of friendship and goodwill. Hoyle joins the likes of Maya Angelou, Dean Smith, Andy Griffith and others who have also received this honor.