In keeping with the highest levels of training and professionalism at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Darren Campbell was pleased to recently present four detectives, and one Road Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant Mike Benfield, Detective Patrick Dixson, and Detective Scott Hall, Detective Sergeant Katie Campbell, and Sergeant Josh Watson with their Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates.
The certificates were presented by the authority of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. To qualify to receive these prestigious certificates, the recipient must have obtained various levels of job related training, and/or a combination of secondary school degrees. Once these requirements are met, a deputy sheriff makes application for their training credentials, and educational degrees to be verified, and have them accepted by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. Upon verification, a certificate is awarded for presentation.
Sheriff Campbell said, “This award is the highest presented by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. These certificates are the results of dedication, and commitment to the profession, this agency and our community. I am very happy for these deputies as they receive these awards. I have always said to have top tier law enforcement, you must recruit, maintain, and provide training opportunities for your employees. These certificates prove we have those type of employees here at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office”.
Detective Sergeant Mike Benfield, has 16 years of law enforcement experience. Mike graduated from Basic Law Enforcement at Mitchell Community College in 2005. He was sworn in at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy. Mike worked briefly for the Concord Police Department before becoming a full time Deputy with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. Mike has been a Road Patrol Deputy, Road Patrol Sergeant, and Property Crimes Detective. He is currently a Detective Sergeant in the Special Victims Unit.
Detective Patrick Dixon has 6 years of law enforcement experience. Patrick graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He attended Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2014 at Central Piedmont Community College. Patrick was sworn in at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. Patrick worked Road Patrol, then transferred to the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Unit. He then was promoted to the Special Victims Unit currently working in the Economic Crimes Section. Patrick is also a certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instructor.
Detective Scott Hall has 15 years of law enforcement experience. Scott attended Basic Law Enforcement Training at Mitchell Community College in 2005. Scott was sworn in at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in 2007. Scott worked as a Road Patrol Deputy, Warrant Squad, Canine Handler, and was on the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT). Detective Hall is a certified General Instructor in Law Enforcement Topics, and is also a certified ASAP Baton Instructor. Scott is currently a member of the Homicide Investigations Team.
Detective Sergeant Katie Campbell has 16 years of law enforcement experience. Katie started with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 working in the detention center, and then as a Transport Deputy. In 2007, Sergeant Campbell graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training at Mitchell Community College. Katie has served as a School Resource Officer, Patrol Deputy and is currently assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit. Katie is a Certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) Instructor.
Sergeant Josh Watson has 20 years in law enforcement. Josh graduated from Basic Law Enforcement at Wilkes Community College in 2000. Josh went to work with the Boone Police Department for 12 years before being sworn in at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in 2012. Josh worked as a Road Patrol Deputy before being promoted to Sergeant in 2017. Josh is currently assigned to “A” Squad.