March 11, 2012 Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute Graduation

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release







For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2012


North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association

Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute Graduates 36


Pitt County Sheriff Redding Neil Elks, graduated on March 9 from the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute. This training, sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association was funded through a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission.

Thirty-six sheriffs from across the state received their certificates at a ceremony held at the William and Ida Friday Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Guest speaker, Hero Dave Sanderson, from “Miracle on the Hudson” addressed the audience of 400 guest and state officials.

Attorney General Roy Cooper also spoke about the responsibility of the position.  “Your Office of Sheriff is the most powerful position in your respective county,” he said.  “You will help people, you will serve people, and with your office, you will save lives.”

The Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute consisted of four one-week training programs conducted over a period of two years.  The first two weeks were designed primarily for newly-elected sheriffs and provided specific technical skills necessary to assume the Office of Sheriff.  The second two weeks were designed for all sheriffs to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the leadership and management of the office.

The Institute is a national model and provided leadership and technical training, specifically designed for sheriffs, like no other training in the United States.

The Association Headquarters is located in Raleigh.  Edmond W. Caldwell, Jr. serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. 


Pictured in the attachment from left to right:  Scott Parker, US Marshal Director of Eastern NC District;  Neil Elks, Sheriff of Pitt County;  Jason Reid, Chief-Deputy of Lincoln County;  Dave Sanderson, "Miracle on the Hudson";  and Roy Cooper, Attorney General of North Carolina.

Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
Pitt County Sheriff's Office

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