Officers Weeks, Lovelace receive recognition

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

FOREST CITY — Two Forest City police officers received recognition from Police Chief Jay Jackson at the meeting of the Forest City Town Council Monday night.

Recognized were Sgt. Christopher Weeks and Sgt. Joseph Leon Carpenter II. Jackson presented Weeks his Criminal Investigations Certificate from the North Carolina Justice Academy and Carpenter was recognized for completing the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate Program at the Academy.

“Sergeant Weeks has worked diligently to complete the Criminal Investigators Certificate Program," Jackson said. He said the program required Weeks to spend a number of days away from the department and his family. "Forest City Police Department is very fortunate to have an officer of Sgt. Weeks caliber."

About Carpenter, Jackson said, "(He) . . . joins a proud few North Carolina law enforcement professionals who have competed the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate Program. To date, there are only 192 officers who have completed the program since its inception. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional working for Forest City Police Department and our community”.

The Criminal Investigation Certificate Program is designed to recognize candidates who have completed appropriate training in order to better prepare themselves for the rigors and challenges of Law Enforcement criminal investigations,said the CIC website. Investigative techniques, details of legal changes, technological advances and the practical application of detectives “best practices” constantly change in the challenging world. Professional investigators who seek out that best practice training stand out from the rest, and should be so recognized. 

To be eligible to enroll in the Criminal Investigations Certificate Program, the applicant must be a sworn law enforcement officer, have agency head approval to attend the program and at least two years of experience as a full-time officer. The certificate program requires over 500 hours of training with a focus on criminal investigations.

The Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate Program is designed to recognize the achievement of law enforcement professionals who have dedicated themselves to making the highways safer for citizens. Officers, upon completion of the program, will have mastered several important aspects of traffic enforcement and related topics, thus achieving a high level of professionalism for themselves as well as their departments. 

The Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate Program require the participants to be sworn law enforcement officers of a law enforcement agency and have at least two years of experience as a full-time officer. In addition, participants are required to have their agency’s head approval to participate in the program due to the time spent away from the agency in efforts to obtain the training needed to complete the program. The certificate program requires five hundred 500 hours of training with a focus on traffic enforcement and investigation.  

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