LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Erin Long has filed a notice of intent to run for Lincoln County Sheriff.
Erin Long, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, current Patrol Captain of Bessemer City Police Department and former Lieutenant of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, has announced her intent to run for Sheriff and return to Lincoln County with a “New Vision, New Direction.”
Long served The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office starting in 1997 as a patrol deputy. As a patrol deputy she helped develop a Church Arson Prevention and Church Watch program, which led to her being recognized as the Officer of the Year in 1998. In 2001, Erin was promoted to Corporal on patrol. She then completed Spanish Immersion at Fort Fisher, N.C. to further assist her in serving all citizens, by learning the Spanish language. Long was then promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2002, where she oversaw a shift and assisted other divisions as needed. She then completed General Instructor School in 2005 and began teaching and instructing basic law enforcement training for new officers at Gaston College. In 2006, Erin was promoted to First-Sergeant over Baker District, which is the central part of Lincoln County and during this time started the first Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy.
In 2012, Long was promoted to Lieutenant over the Lincoln County Charlie District, which covers the eastern part of Lincoln County and Lake Norman areas. During her time as Lieutenant, she also obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina and helped develop and deploy Project Life-Saver in Lincoln County. This program is designed to serve citizens of Lincoln County with cognitive issues, those effective with autism, and the elderly. Erin was involved with numerous events during the 7-years she was Lieutenant over the district. With the addition of a boat slip to assist all emergency services on the waters of Lake Norman and numerous upgrades to the existing sheriff’s office lake vessels, Erin was awarded the Lincoln County Employee of the Year in 2013.
Erin served Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years before joining the Bessemer City Police Department in 2017, as the Patrol Captain. During her current employment with Bessemer City, Erin has become the Training Coordinator for the department, completing budgeting certification as well as completing executive management training for law enforcement.
“My heart and history have always been with Lincoln County. It is my desire to return home and serve as your Sheriff, bringing with me my experience, training, and education. Being able to share all that I have learned and developed will allow us to better serve our community. I will bring with me a New Vision and New Direction for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office,” says Long.
With her New Vision and New Direction, Erin plans to continue to develop and promote professionalism and career progression within the department to facilitate a Career Path Development program for current staff, as well as helping to retain employees through educational and training opportunities. “I have always made it known that my passion for my community and my fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement has always been at the forefront of my career.”
Long intends to implement Comp Stat policing models to target and analyze issues and concerns specific to each area of Lincoln County. This will be a more specific approach to provide direct solutions based on the individual needs of each community as Lincoln County is very diverse, and in each area, the needs differ. This eliminates a one size fits all approach for providing services to the citizens. The command staff will commit to making improvements and measuring progress. This not only includes addressing crime, but any areas of concern that the Sheriff’s Office may provide services to correct issues.
Long says, “Every election is a choice, I ask you to join me in my vision to become the Lincoln County Sheriff and move Lincoln County in a new direction. My name is Erin Long, and I am your candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff in 2022.” Visit my website at www.erinlongforsheriff.com to learn more about my story and view my resume. Contact me with any questions or concerns email@example.com- or call 704-735-3204.
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