LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff David M. Carpenter will retire on November 30, 2018 after 34 years in law enforcement.
During the last eight years Sheriff Carpenter has worked to give the employees the tools and training they needed to do their jobs as safely and efficient as possible. Deputies and investigators have conducted more drug arrests and seizures than ever before in the history of the Sheriff’s Office. The entire office is now computerized enabling officers to have the equipment to gain immediate information along with entry of all reports and documentation, whether in the office or in the patrol vehicle. There are also more marked patrol units patrolling out neighborhoods and businesses to deter criminal activity.
We added more dock area and covered boat storage areas to our Lake Patrol and has expanded and enlarged the Charlie District office with a fulltime clerk and extra space for additional investigators and staff. We were able to work alongside the members of the Howards Creek Fire Dept. to have a brand new Adam District Office opened with new office areas for investigators and deputies on the western end of our county. At the Baker office we added our own training room and updated our onsite firing range along with covered areas for our SWAT and Dive team equipment.
We have also been in consultation with architects of the Harven Crouse Law Enforcement Center on additions and upgrades to our current Detention Facility. We have added more safety equipment to all our deputies along with departmental purchased shotguns, rifles, less than lethal weapons and automatic weapons. We have continued our fleet replacement program to keep the best patrol vehicles in service for our officers and our citizens. We continue to have the best trained and equipped SWAT team in the area along with the addition of improved safety equipment, armored vehicles and two drones. We implemented the first ever Sheriff’s Dive Team with the best equipment and training in the business.
We implemented the first Land Search Team partnering with local volunteers of the Lincoln County Fire Service. We implemented our first ever Honor Guard comprised of uniformed officers. We continue to have one of the best Explorers Posts in our area and have won numerous national awards in various competitions. We started the first ever F/Sgt. Tom Taylor and John Howell Officer of the year awards that is given yearly to a Detention officer and Sheriff’s Office staff member that exhibits outstanding work over the year.
We are currently involved with implementing a new countywide 800 MHZ radio system that will change all radios and handheld units throughout the agency and allow statewide communications with other jurisdictions. We were able to partner with our local School Board and Administration to implement School Resource Officers in all countywide middle and High Schools and also the two Charter Schools. Over the last eight years Sheriff Carpenter was able to partner with the Board of Commissioners to implement a pay restructuring plan that gave needed pay raises for all Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office staff. Over eight years we were able to save the taxpayers around 1.5 million dollars in underspent budgets.
Sheriff Carpenter began his career in law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher while still a senior at West Lincoln High School. In 1987 he transferred from dispatching to being a road patrol deputy under then Sheriff Harven A. Crouse. Carpenter worked for Sheriff’s Crouse, Kiser and Pickens in many divisions of the Sheriff’s Office and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being hired by the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 2006 as a Probation/Parole Surveillance Officer. He was elected to his first term as Sheriff in 2010.
Sheriff Carpenter said, “I am very humbled at the opportunity to serve the county I was raised in for the last 34 years in the law enforcement profession and especially the last 8 years as your elected Sheriff. I remain proud of the hard work of our team and the many things we have accomplished. As always I have stood by the statement that I would never jeopardize the integrity of the Office of Sheriff and it is my hope that I left this office in better shape than I found it. I thank all of our citizens for the support they gave during my time here and remain humbled and blessed for everything.
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