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This week, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association hosted sheriffs newly elected in November, 2022 for the fourth and final week of the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill. The Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute is held at the Rizzo Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During Week 4, sheriffs heard guest speakers, attended training classes and presentations on a variety of topics to help them improve their skills to be an effective sheriff. Topics covered included leadership strategies, personal resiliency, ethics and professionalism, social media, community engagement, school resource officers, courthouse security, and the Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement Program.

At the Conclusion of the 4 week academy, Avery County Sheriff Mike Henley graduated from the Sheriff's Leadership Institute and earned a diploma for his achievement.

This year, 32 sheriffs who attended all four weeks of the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute graduated and received a diploma for their achievement. At the graduation ceremony, sheriffs heard a presentation by keynote speaker Darryl Rivers. Rivers is founder and owner of The Betterment Group, a consulting and training firm that provides custom solutions for leadership development, communication skills, behavioral analysis and emotional intelligence.

The Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute is held every four years following the election for the Office of Sheriff in North Carolina and is taught in one week segments over the course of sixteen months. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association has organized the Institute since 2006, and almost every newly elected sheriff in the state since then has attended to receive the valuable training offered by the Association.

Iredell County Sheriff and North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association President Darren Campbell commented on the importance of the Institute. “We are privileged to be able to host the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute for our state’s new sheriffs. We ensure that each week is filled with training classes, panel discussions and guest speakers to equip our sheriffs with the skills necessary to be successful in their office. I congratulate each graduate of the Institute and look forward to seeing them use the valuable education they received to enhance their offices and benefit their communities.”

Founded in 1922, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is a statewide not-for-profit professional and educational organization of our state’s 100 sheriffs. Through their Association, sheriffs work to strengthen the law enforcement profession and services their offices provide to the people of North Carolina.

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