Letter to the editor

Recently my wife Melissa and I, along with about 18 other county residents, had the opportunity to attend and graduate from the October Iredell County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy coordinated by Capt. Bill Hamby. Over the time of a few hours a week, we were given the inside views of how our sheriff’s department law enforcement officers handle all aspects of crime including traffic stops, dog handling, drug busts, search and rescue along with how to handle hostage takeovers. Through real-like simulation screens, we stepped into a shoot or be shot situation take down. It’s way too real.

We toured the jail, both old and new, seeing the real life world of our hard-working deputy sheriff jailers, supervised by Chief Deputy Bert Connolly. It’s not easy. Trust assured, our Iredell County Sheriff’s Department has it together. It’s professional, well organized and very well balanced. There is the camaraderie of a winning Super Bowl team felt when in the presence of this law enforcement group. What a great time we had.

Thank you Sheriff Darren Campbell, who was present most evenings, Major Andy Poteat, Captain Joel Hepler and the countless other deputies who came to educate us.

Mike Neader


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