River Bend Police Officer Profiles
Police Chief Sean Joll
Chief Joll is a Florida native, but considers North Carolina his home, having graduated from West Craven High School. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State and also is an Eagle Scout. Chief Joll worked for the Rocky Mount Police Department from 2004-2007 and then joined the New Bern Police Department in 2007. While at the New Bern Police Department, he served as a Field Training Officer, Police Bicycle Officer, Street Level Narcotics Detective and Special Response Team (SWAT) operator and patrol officer. In the summer of 2012, Chief Joll joined the River Bend Police Department.
He is instructor certified as a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Tazer instructor.
He attended courses that cover:
- Basic Homicide Investigator,
- Police Law Institute
- Radar and Intoxilyzer Operator and
- Holds his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification.
- Chiefs Award for Excellence
- Department Meritorious Service Medal
- Department Award for Excellence
- Certificate of Commendation
- Certificate of Merit
Police Sergeant Stephen Fell
Sergeant Stephen Fell Jr., is a New Jersey /New York native. After serving in the Army, he moved to Pollocksville and opened a NY Deli. He attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) in the evening and graduated from the Craven County BLET program.
In 1998, he began his law enforcement career in Maysville. In 2000, he transferred to the Jacksonville (NC) Police Department. There he received his Advanced Certificate and specialized in all aspects of Traffic Safety, Enforcement and Crash Investigation. He was promoted to Corporal and lead Crash Investigator while assigned to the Traffic Division.
Sergeant Fell attended many classes in Florida at IPTM and the NC Justice Academy. He is an expert in Crash Reconstruction and has completed At-Scene Crash, Advanced Crash, Motorcycle Crash, Commercial Vehicle Crash, NCSHP Motorcycle Operations, Drugs That Impair Driving, PBT, SFST, Field Training Officer, Drug Interdiction, Taser, Radar, and was assigned to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Team.
Sergeant Fell is providing the River Bend community and its travelers with the professionalism and respect they deserve by continuing to serve with the highest standards possible.
Officer Andrew Borner
Officer Borner is a native of New Bern and spent his childhood years growing up in the River Bend Community. He graduated from New Bern High School in 2011 where he then went and studied Criminal Justice at Craven Community College. Officer Borner served as the Sergeant for the Maysville Police Department before transitioning over to River Bend on July 29, 2022. During his time with the Maysville Police Department, Officer Borner completed various training to include: Community Oriented Policing, RADAR/LIDAR, SFST, ARIDE, and many more. Officer Borner also has experience with investigating narcotic, financial, and property crimes.
Officer Borner is excited to be back in the River Bend Community serving in a law enforcement role, and is looking forward to bringing his Community Policing prospective to the citizens of River Bend.
Officer Michael DeStefano
Officer Michael DeStefano is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Carteret Community College where he graduated with the highest average. Officer DeStefano worked as a patrolman for the Town of Beaufort, NC for several years before joining the River Bend Police Department on May 18, 2018. During his time as a Beaufort patrol officer, Officer DeStefano completed various training courses that included CJLEADS, NCAWARE, Taser, radar, community policing and narcotics related class through the North Carolina Justice Academy.
As a prior resident of River Bend, Officer DeStefano is familiar with the Town and the needs of the community. He is excited to give back to the Town through his service as a law enforcement officer. Officer DeStefano is looking forward to serving the Town’s citizens with the utmost respect and professionalism.
Officer Derius Johnson
Officer Johnson is originally from Washington D.C. Officer Johnson moved to North Carolina at the age of 10 where he grew up locally in the New Bern area. At the age of 20 he joined the United States Navy and honorably served five years. While in the Navy, Officer Johnson was deployed twice along with three detachments. Officer Johnson completed Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) in January of 2019.
He started his law enforcement career with the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office before being sworn as a Patrol Officer with the River Bend Police Department in June of 2021. Officer Johnson has a General Certification through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. He has an outgoing personality and enjoys serving the citizens of River Bend.