YADKINVILLE — Assistant Police Chief Patrick Long recently received his advance law enforcement certificate, the highest recognition available for law enforcement personnel.
“That’s the top certificate you can get in our profession, through the state, so obviously it’s taken many years to be able to accomplish this and we’re very proud of him here at the police department,” said Police Chief Tim Parks.
Years of service, education and training are the key criteria involved with achieving the advanced law enforcement certificate.
Long began his law enforcement career in 1989, serving as a dispatcher with the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office. He completed his Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) training in 1991 and began working part-time with the Yadkinville Police Department. He became a full-time officer in the department in 1992.
“This is something I have been striving for for a long time,” Long said.
A certain number of law enforcement training hours, above and beyond BLE and the annual required in-service training, must be completed in order to achieve the advanced certificate.
Obtaining this certificate has always been a goal for Long and he is proud to have achieved it. Many of his training hours have been completed on his personal time. He has completed training in a wide variety of law enforcement areas such as interview and interrogation techniques, homeland security, narcotics, K9, school violence, rapid deployment and more.
While much of the training Long has completed through the years may seem to relate to extreme situations that are not likely to happen in Yadkinville, he said that many tragedies, particularly those relating to school violence were never expected to happen in those communities either, but they did.
“It can happen anywhere,” Long said, and that’s why he feels it is so important for him to have completed these various training courses.
Though Long was not able to travel to Raleigh for the certificate presentation, he was recognized at the department and presented the certificate by Parks.
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