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Sergeant Investigator Roger Thomas Davis and Sergeant Investigator Willie James Thompson Jr. both with the Elizabethtown Police Department received their Criminal Investigation Certificates this week from the North Carolina Attorney General, Josh Stein. The certificate presented to Sgt. Davis and Sgt. Thompson was for completing investigative training in order to be better prepared for the rigors and challenges of criminal investigation.

The Criminal Investigation Certificate Program requires 400 credit hours with a focus on law enforcement criminal investigations and completion of required courses and elective topics. According to the program, best practices in investigative techniques and the practical application of deceives constantly change due to technological advances and legal changes and challenges. Professional investigators who seek out the best training stand out from the rest according to North Carolina Justice Academy. The academy recognizes their dedication with the Criminal Investigation Certificate Program.

Elizabethtown Police Department has about 200 felony cases each year, according to the Officers. The crimes range from homicide to property crime.

“It helps you a lot at this Department because we don’t have specialize units,” Lieutenant Dewayne Cheshire said about the training.

Sgt. Davis and Sgt. Thompson both took 40 hours of training in each of the following six courses; Interviews and Interrogations, General Criminal or Death Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations or Forensic Analysis, Narcotics or Gang/Anti-Government Investigations, Domestic or Juvenile Investigations, and Sexual Assault/Trafficking or Fraud Related Investigations.

Narcotics training was most interesting to Sgt. Thompson. He said, “I took an advance program in it.”

Lt. Cheshire said, “We are proud of the two Investigators for completing the rigorous training.”

The courses for the program were held in Salemburg, North Carolina.

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