Wake County Sheriff Candidate Recognized for Starting Community Service Program

Zebulon Open Gym Program Started by Howard and Zebulon Police Department

Tivon Howard is the detective sergeant for the Zebulon police department while also running for Wake County Sheriff in 2022, but on Wednesdays, you can find him running the clock and calling foul shots, a new article from Spectrum News revealed Thursday.

“We are interested in getting the youth involved very early so that one of them can actually take one of our jobs and become a police officer. It’s just part of our jobs to foster that relationship and friendship,” Howard said.

Howard says the open-gym started off slow, but through word of mouth, more kids started to show up. Now, they have enough teens to play pick-up basketball games, mixing up the teams with both teens and detectives. 

Tivon Howard Serves Community with Open Gym Program

Fostering relationships with youth in the community is a top priority for the Zebulon Police Department

“It’s nothing special — this is something we should be doing all the time,” Howard said.

Tivon Howard began his career with the Zebulon Police Department 22 years ago, after retiring from the military. Since signing on with the department, he’s made it his mission to be immersed in the community that he serves.

Howard has also spent time off-duty coaching youth football and filling in as a substitute teacher.

“Every chance I get I am trying to come up with community-related programs to bridge the gap between the police department and the community,” Howard said.

Since starting weekly open-gym, it’s been a day that everyone in the department looks forward to.

“Favorite part of the day on Wednesday, get to hang out with the kids and build relationships,” Howard said.

About the Zebulon Police Department Open Gym Program 

  • The Zebulon Police Department hosts an open-gym on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Zebulon Community Center
  • Pre-registration is required in person at the community center or online
  • Open-gym is available for all teens ages 12–17 years old

About Wake County Sheriff Candidate, Detective Sgt Tivon Howard

Sergeant Tivon Howard brings with him twenty years of law enforcement experience, as well as, several years of military experience. He has devoted his life to both community and country. His personal life is no different. He is a dedicated family man who has volunteered as a mentor for the youth and worked part-time as a substitute teacher. The highest priority when elected Wake County Sheriff in the 2022 election, will be to serve and protect the citizens of Wake County with integrity, transparency, and honesty, while also instilling the same values in the staff/employees.


  • Zebulon Police Department 1st Sergeant January – 2000 to present
  • Wake County Public Schools – January 2014 to present
  • United States Army 82nd Airborne Division – 1993 to 1999


  • Pitt Community College
  • Management Development Program December 2013
  • Fayetteville Community College
  • Associates Degree in Criminal Justice 2010
  • Colorado Technical University
  • A.S., Professional Communications 2010
  • North Carolina Justice Academy
  • Police Law Institute August 2008
  • Wilson Technical Community College
  • SWAT Training December 2004
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training 2000


  • Supervisor of the Year 2019, 2016.2012
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate – December 2019
  • Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate – December 2009
  • Life-Saving Award – 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019
  • Master SWAT Officer

Civic Organizations

  • American Legion
  • Share His Glory

Personal Life

  • Twenty-Eight Years of Public Service
  • Member of New Bethel Christian Church 
  • Dedicated Family Man