Last updated: August 08. 2013 8:25AM - 595 Views
By Dawn M. Kurry

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Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. recently attended the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association’s 91st annual Training Conference held in New Hanover County, with other sheriffs and law enforcement professionals from across the state.

“Our Annual Training Conference allows North Carolina’s sheriffs to discuss their experiences and learn from each other, as well as bring ourselves up to date on important law enforcement developments,” Clemmons said. “North Carolina sheriffs have a complex role as constitutional officers leading law enforcement within their respective counties. Our duties often require that we be available to personnel and to the public continuously. My staff and I will use this conference training to further serve and protect Richmond County’s citizens.

“Sheriffs in every county of North Carolina are facing tremendous challenges in carrying out their responsibilities for law enforcement and the safety of our citizens; maintenance and operation of local jails; recruiting, training and maintaining talented personnel; working with domestic situations, child abuse cases, serving civil papers, tracking sex offenders in the state, issuing weapons permits, providing court security, and in many other areas,” said Clemmons.

State and federal officials in attendance included Justice Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court of North Carolina; Attorney General Roy Cooper; Justice Bob Edmunds, Supreme Court of North Carolina; Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin; Retired Sheriff David Huffman, executive director of Governor’s Crime Commission; Secretary of State Elaine Marshall; Greg McLeod, director, State Bureau of Investigation; Congressman Mark Meadows; Justice Paul Newby, Supreme Court of North Carolina; and Chris Swecker, chair, Governor’s Crime Commission.

At the NCSA Annual Training Conference, sheriffs discussed issues of interest to the Office of Sheriff, including updates on new changes to the law and procedures, as well as an update on the newly enacted State Budget by the 2013 General Assembly.

Jamie Markham of the UNC School of Government spoke about changes to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Rick Rosenthal, a nationally known media relations consultant, spoke on how sheriffs and the media can work together.

Sheriff Ed McMahon of New Hanover County and his staff were hosts for the Sheriffs’ Association’s Annual Training Conference and will also host the 2014 annual Training Conference.

The association headquarters is located in Raleigh. Edmond W. Caldwell Jr. serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

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