Sheriff Richard Webster of Chatham County recently attended the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association’s (NCSA) 88th Annual Training Conference held in Brunswick County, North Carolina with other sheriffs and law enforcement professionals from across the State.
Sheriff Webster was elected by his fellow sheriffs as First Vice President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association for the upcoming 2010-2011 year. Traditionally, the person in this role is elevated to the office of President the following year.
Sheriff Webster said, "Our Annual Training Conference allows North Carolina's sheriffs to discuss their experiences and learn from each other, as well as bring ourselves up-to-date on important law enforcement developments. North Carolina sheriffs have a complex role as constitutional officers leading law enforcement within their respective counties. Our duties often require that we be available to personnel and to the public continuously. My staff and I will use this knowledge to further serve and protect Chatham County's citizens."
At the Annual Training Conference, sheriffs discussed issues of interest to the Office of Sheriff, including updates on new changes to criminal law and procedures, as well as an update on the newly enacted State Budget by the 2010 General Assembly.
Presenters at the conference included Dr. Bobby Smith, world renowned international speaker and retired Louisiana State Trooper, who has spoken to more than one million people. Dr. Smith has provided motivational training to sheriffs across the country about how to overcome adversity after traumatic events. After being shot and blinded in the line of duty, Dr. Smith worked hard to receive his Ph.D. in psychology.
Ronda Rich also spoke at the conference. Ms. Rich, a best-selling author and former award-winning sports writer, shared a motivational leadership presentation with the sheriffs. Rich released a memoir in 2002 of her years in NASCAR racing as a journalist and publicist.
The sheriffs also attended several workshops including an update on “Video Poker/Internet Gambling”, given by David Adinolfi, Special Deputy Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice; and “Unauthorized Substance Tax Update”, given by Cale Johnson, Director, Unauthorized Substance Tax Division, North Carolina Department of Revenue.
"Sheriffs in every county of North Carolina are facing tremendous challenges in carrying out their responsibilities for law enforcement and the safety of our citizens; maintenance and operation of local jails; recruiting, training and maintaining talented personnel; working with domestic situations, child abuse cases, serving civil papers, tracking sex offenders in the state, issuing weapons permits, providing court security, and in many other areas," said Sheriff Webster.
Sheriff Webster has served the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as 2nd Vice President, Chaplain of the West, Vice Chairman Sergeant of Arms, a member on the Domestic Preparedness and Readiness Committee, Legislative and Training Committee and Resolutions and Recommendations Committee. He recently completed his appointment to the N.C. Domestic Violence Commission and is a graduate of the N.C.S.A. 1st Sheriff’s Leadership Institute class.