About the Association
A National leader in training and standards
- North Carolina has established the first Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission in the United States.
- The quality of course work and hours of training required are among the highest in the nation.
- To attract and retain qualified individuals, salaries and benefits have been increased.
Looking to the Future
With a solid foundation of achievement in place, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is striving to give the state's citizens even better service in the future. The Association's goals include:
- Continued programs to assure the highest quality of Deputies in service. To attract and keep the best individuals in law enforcement, pay and benefits must reflect the jobs they are asked to do.
- Continued opposition to weakening our criminal laws.
- Stronger protection for the rights of victims of crime and witnesses who assist in prosecuting criminals.
- Building relationships with other law enforcement agencies in our State and our neighboring states.
- A permanent headquarters based in the State capital with facilities for training.
- Learning from -- and building upon -- programs sponsored by the National Sheriffs' Association.
The Office of Sheriff
Today – throughout the nation – the Sheriff continues to exercise vitally important responsibilities in all three branches of our criminal justice system: law enforcement, jail/corrections and court duties.
In the State of North Carolina, Sheriffs are Constitutional Officers elected by the people of their counties. On call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, their responsibilities include:
- Patrolling the counties and enforcing the law.
- Maintaining and operating jails.
- Properly serving civil process papers, essential to all legal actions.
- Providing security for North Carolina's courtrooms
- North Carolina's Sheriffs take pride in their tradition. They take seriously their duties and their responsibilities to the people of North Carolina. And they are taking the initiative to meet the challenges of a changing society.