Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was among 35 state sheriffs to graduate this month from the Sheriffâ€™s Leadership Institute.
A ceremony took place on March 9 at the William and Ida Friday Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina is the only state to offer the program, Carpenter said. In addition, this monthâ€™s graduating law enforcement leaders are only the second group to complete the program, sponsored by the stateâ€™s Sheriffsâ€™ Association and funded by a Governorâ€™s Crime Commission grant.
The training consisted of four week-long programs that spanned the last two years.
A press release stated that the Institute is â€œlike no other trainingâ€ in the country and serves as â€œa national modelâ€ for other states, providing specialized training and leadership skills for North Carolina sheriffs.
â€œThis is something that the citizens â€¦ can be proud of,â€ Carpenter said.
He felt that the training taught him both new and old field knowledge for performing the officeâ€™s daily operations. In addition, he said that the training could possibly affect state residents in the long run by saving them money regarding lawsuits and other liability issues. Lastly, Carpenter felt that the Institute allowed him to â€œbuild a partnershipâ€ with other state sheriffs.
â€œIn my 2,000 plus hours of training, this has been the most professionally run training that I have ever attended,â€ he said.