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Local Highway Patrolman honored
Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Kieran Shanahan, secretary of the Department of Public Safety presented several employees and civilians with awards from the department in a ceremony held last week at the SBI Auditorium located in Raleigh.  The awards given included the NCDOT Award, Citizens Appreciation Award, Samaritan Award, Meritorious Award and Humanitarian Award.

“In addition to their dedicated service to the state, these recipients’ exemplary actions make them most deserving of these prestigious awards,” Secretary Shanahan said.

Among those who received awards were Sergeant Rudolph B. Baker, of Troop C, District 1 in Rocky Mount, who received a Meritorious Group Service Award, along with several others.

“Each of these employees and civilians is to be commended on their actions and contributions to the citizens of the state of North Carolina and to our department,” said Colonel Grey.

In describing the award Baker’s team received, it stated that upon finishing up the last bits and pieces of documentation, planning and preparations for the upcoming Accreditation Assessment, the team was notified of some new accreditation chapters dealing with Criminal Investigations and Drugs/Vice/Narcotics.

“Due to the non-existence of these components in the Patrol, these chapters had been previously handled as “non-applicable” since the Patrol was initially accredited in 2000,” a report on the awards stated. “Finding documentation for these standards at the last minute was no easy task, but the team worked together coming in early and staying late into the evening to get policies changed and sufficient proofs together to satisfy the assessors.”

“Throughout the most difficult on-site experience the Patrol has ever had, the team remained professional and responsive to the needs of the assessors,” the report went on to say. “When the report of the assessment arrived showing a deficiency, again the team pulled together to correct the deficiency.”

“Then, at the CALEA conference in Jacksonville, Florida, the team answered all the concerns that the accreditation commissioners had about the onsite and the Patrol was awarded full accreditation for the fifth time. The team exceeded expectations in accomplishing this difficult task utilizing their thorough knowledge of the accreditation process, the current standards in general law enforcement practices and the procedures of the Patrol.”

“This team worked together tirelessly and selflessly to accomplish this task for the betterment of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Accomplishing re-accreditation shows that the Patrol meets or exceeds the generally accepted standards and practices of the international law enforcement community.”

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