Local law enforcement officials are encouraging area residents to join the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as Honorary Members and support safer community efforts.
“(Membership) shows support from our citizens that they believe in our office and the hard work we are doing here in Lincoln County,” Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News.
The Sheriff’s Office recently released information on becoming an Honorary Member of the statewide organization.
State law enforcement agencies’ efforts to secure government funding is daily growing more difficult and is necessary to continue crime prevention.
“The funding is vital in helping us carry out our mission of making our country a safer place to live, work and play,” Carpenter said in a department press release.
Money specifically covers agencies’ technological and training costs along with stronger laws and legislative support on pertinent topics within the criminal justice realm. Funds additionally benefit the NCSA’s undergraduate criminal justice scholarships for state college students.
A $25 membership grants each citizen an honorary ID card and NCSA newsletter, among other items, according to the website. Businesses can also join for a $50 fee, and contributions are tax-deductible.
“The Honorary Membership Program has taken on greater importance than ever before,” Carpenter said. “It’s a valuable investment in our future.”
For more information on the organization or to apply for membership, visit ncsheriffs.org or call (919) 743-7433. Individuals may also sign up at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, located at 700 John Howell Memorial Drive in Lincolnton.
Founded in 1922, the NCSA, headquartered in Raleigh, is “dedicated to the preservation of peace and protection of the lives and property” of state citizens, the Sheriff’s Office said.