Following the death of George Floyd and the civil unrest which gripped North Carolina and the nation, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association recognized the need for law enforcement leaders to take proactive steps to ensure protection of the rights and safety of all citizens, while also making every effort to improve the profession for those who have chosen and will choose to become public servants as law enforcement officers in North Carolina.
Earlier this fall, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association released our Report on Law Enforcement Professionalism and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police released their Recommendations on the Evolution of 21st Century Policing Principles. On 12/14/2020, reports were released by the House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement and Justice and by Governor Cooper’s North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.
While some of the recommendations vary, it is not surprising that most of the recommended changes related to the law enforcement profession are rather consistent throughout all of the various reports.
The sheriffs of North Carolina and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association look forward to working with all interested parties and particularly with the 2021 - 2022 North Carolina General Assembly on meaningful and reasonable legislative changes regarding the law enforcement profession which will be beneficial to the citizens of our state and to the dedicated men and women who serve our citizens as law enforcement officers.
We are also committed to working on improvements in the law enforcement profession that can be implemented without legislation by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
If you would like a copy of the report, please call (884-3168) or email Captain Jeremy Queen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Source: NC Sheriffs’ Association – Sheriff David A. Mahoney, President