LAURINBURG — Police Sgt. Justin Jones of the Laurinburg Police Department has earned his advanced law enforcement certification — the highest award given by North Carolina.
Sgt. Jones was recently recognized for the achievement during a Laurinburg City Council meeting. The advanced certification is achieved through a combination of police experience and education.
“It looks easy, but it is not easy to obtain,” said Police Chief Darwin Williams. “I’m so proud of him — a rising star. He was my dispatcher when I was a lieutenant and I’ve seen him grow in the department.”
Sgt. Jones started in telecommunication for the Laurinburg Police Department in 2007. He became a patrol officer two years later.
“Patrol is my love,” Sgt. Jones said. “Patrol division is where I envision myself for the foreseeable future, if not the rest of my career. Patrol is unique in a lot of ways. When you come to work everyday you don’t know what your going to do. Everyday is different.”
Sgt. Jones, 34, gained the advanced certification nearly a decade after moving to North Carolina from Ohio. Sgt. Jones has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and is a native of Gallipolis, Ohio.
After Sgt. Jones obtained his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, he moved to Charlotte where he met his wife, a Rockingham native. They returned to Rockingham before moving to Laurinburg.
“I just love working for the city of Laurinburg and the Laurinburg Police Department and having an opportunity to help the citizens and make Laurinburg a better place,” Sgt. Jones said.
The 40-member Laurinburg Police Department now has eight officers who hold the advanced law enforcement certification.
“That says a lot about a small department like ours,” Chief Williams said.
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