The Southern Police Department is proud to announce that Sergeant Brian Edwards recently completed the Tactical Training Certificate Program at the North Carolina Justice Academy. This certificate program is designed to recognize the achievement of law enforcement professionals who have dedicated themselves to making their communities and neighborhoods safer for the citizens of North Carolina. Program participants must be sworn members of a law enforcement agency and have at least two years of full-time law enforcement experience. Each participant must complete 500 hours of training within five years of acceptance into the program, to include a variety of tactical oriented courses.

Floyd Yoder, Training Coordinator with the Justice Academy, as well as the program coordinator, says: “The program has been well received by proactive law enforcement agencies. Those completing the program have mastered important aspects of tactical training and have achieved a high level of professionalism for themselves and their organizations. The commitment of Sgt. Edwards to complete this program is a direct example of his dedication to protect the community in which he serves. His effort to stay in the forefront of tactical training is a direct reflection on the commitment of the Southern Pines Police Department to ensure that their officers are prepared to meet the day-to-day dangers faced by law enforcement officers today.”

The North Carolina Justice Academy, located in Salemburg and Edneyville, develops and conducts training courses for local and state law enforcement professionals. The Justice Academy provides training programs and technical assistance for law enforcement professionals throughout the five centers of the Training Division: Commission/In-Service, Investigations; Law Enforcement Leadership; Legal; and Tactical/Traffic.

The Justice Academy is a division of the North Carolina Department of Justice under the administration of Attorney General Josh Stein.

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