Macon County Sheriff's Office detective Amy Stewart recently received honors from the North Carolina Department of Justice. The award, the Advanced Deputy Professional Law Enforcement Certificate was presented by the N.C. Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission on March 5, 2014.
Stewart, who has worked with the sheriff's office for nearly 20 years, said she was honored to gain the recognition.
“I've worked hard to achieve this, but I did it so that I could have the skills to do my job better and to help the community as much as I can. I look forward to continuing to work hard for the betterment of the area that we live in,” she said.
The purpose of the certificate is to recognize the level of competence of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs serving NC Sheriff's Offices, to foster increased interest in college education and professional law enforcement training and to attract highly qualified individuals into a law enforcement career. It is also the highest professional certificate awarded to sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in the state. In order for an officer to qualify, he/she must complete a combination of professional training and relevant education, as well as meet minimum experience requirements.
“Amy has done an outstanding job and has spent most of her career standing up for the youngest members of our community,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland following the announcement of the award. “She has one of the most difficult jobs at the MCSO and has proven to be an asset to this agency as well as to our community.”