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Deputies receive certifications

Several deputies with the Rowan County Sheriffís Office recently received certifications from the North Carolina Sheriffís Education and Training Standards Commission, ranging from basic to advanced certifications.
The following officers were recognized:
Officer Adam Davis Loflin, awarded the Advanced Deputy Professional Law Enforcement Certificate on Dec. 14, 2010. The highest professional certificate awarded to sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in N.C.
The purpose of the certificate is, ěTo recognize the level of competence of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs serving North Carolina Sheriffsí Offices, to foster increased interest in college education and professional law enforcement training, and to attract highly qualified individuals into a law enforcement career.î
To qualify, Loflin completed a combination of professional training and relevant education, and also met minimum experience requirements.
Officer Gary Fernandez, Basic Law Enforcement Certificate.
Fernandez was hired June 6, 2001, as a detention officer and became a deputy April 20, 2008.
He was eligible for the certificate after he completed BLET and served for one year.
Fernandez currently works in the courts.
Jeff Hodges, Basic Law Enforcement and Basic Detention Certificates.
Hodges was hired Sept. 6, 2009, and currently works as a patrol officer.
He was eligible for both certificates after he completed BLET, DOCC (Detention Officer Certification Course) and one year of service.
Justin Nelson, Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate.
Nelson was hired July 3, 2005 and is currently a K-9 handler and part of the ACE (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) team.
He was eligible for the certificate after 6 years of service and 1380 hours of training.
Shauna Wale, Basic Detention Certificate.
Wale was hired Aug. 26, 2007 and currently works in the civil department.
She was eligible for the certificate after completion of DOCC school and one year of service.
Oliver Greene, Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate.
Greene, hired March 29, 2004, worked as a detention officer until April 20, 2008, then became a deputy. He currently works as a patrol officer.
He was eligible for the certificate after two years of service, a B.S. degree and 460 hours of training.

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