The Nash County Sheriff's Office recently announced the acceptance of three deputies into national recognized academic institutions.
Lieutenant Christopher Cary, Captain Curtis Moore and Lieutenant Miste Strickland were accepted into different programs whose goal is to enhance managerial training.
Cary was accepted into the upcoming FBI National Academy, which will be held in Quantico, Virginia.
Cary, of Red Oak, has been with the Sheriff's Office for 16 years.
To attend the FBI National Academy, deputies must be nominated and must be a law enforcement officer with a minimum rank of lieutenant or the equivalent. Another requirement of the FBI National Academy is that attendees must be in excellent physical condition, capable of strenuous exertion and regular participation in the use of firearms, physical training and defensive tactics.
To be accepted, Cary had to pass a physical fitness test.
After graduation from the academy, attendees must remain in law enforcement for a minimum of three years.
Cary said he was excited about attending the FBI National Academy.
"I look forward to it," he said.
Moore was accepted to the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University. The training will be held at various locations in Raleigh.
To be accepted into to program, Moore had to fill an application and also write a page about his interest and expectations from the program.
Each session is limited to 29 managers from municipal, county, state, federal and campus law enforcement agencies as well as police working for special governmental authorities such as transit, park, housing, detention centers or airports.
Moore has been with the Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He started his career with the detention center and currently serves as the Captain of the detention center.
Moore said he looks forward to the program and being able to gain more managerial experience.
Strickland was accepted into the Administrative Officers Course Graduate Level at the University of Louisville. The training will be held at the Southern Police Institute, which is part of the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
To be accepted into that training, applicants must be full-time law enforcement managers or supervisors on active duty in municipal, county, state or federal units of government or college or university campus police.
Strickland, of Middlesex, serves as a lieutenant in the criminal investigations division. She has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1997.
Applicants to the Administrative Officers Course must also take a written placement examination.
Strickland said she has a desire to be a part of the command staff for the Sheriff's Office. This particular training, which will last 12 weeks, will help Strickland learn more about administration.
"I'm looking forward to this management school," Strickland said. "I'm looking forward to the academic part of this and the opportunity to learn."
Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said all three were making sacrifices to be able to attend the trainings.
"It's a good sacrifice," Medina said. "(But) it's temporary."
"It not only improves them. It improves the agency," Medina added.
Pictured (Above): Nash County Sheriff's Office Captain Curtis Moore, Lieutenant Miste Strickland and Lieutenant Christopher Cary have been accepted into national recognized academic institutions for managerial training. (Graphic Photo by Amanda Clark)