9/8/2021 1:40:00 PM LCSO Police Academy Week Two Controlled Substances and Narcotics Investigations
Sheriff Bill Beam discusses Controlled Substances.
(Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Press Release
LINCOLNTON, N.C. - In week two of the 12-week program, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about controlled substances and narcotics investigations.
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam opened this session by speaking about the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office mission statement and what he expects from each staff member. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office mission statement is simple; “Protect Life, Protect Property, Keep the Peace, Tell the Truth, and Do the Right Thing.”
Sheriff Beam also discussed the impact that illegal drugs have had on our county, as well as the impact on individual citizens. He explained the increase in drug related crimes, how this effects Lincoln County residents, and drug-related officer safety concerns.
Week two continued with Detective Dylan Houser giving the class an overview of controlled substances, how they are classified, the dangers related to each type, and how the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office investigates narcotics related crimes. Detective Houser discussed the use of narcotics test kits used by officers during narcotics investigations and allowed participants hands-on practice using these kits. Participants also got the opportunity to see how criminals are able to store and conceal their narcotics, in what appear to be everyday household items, making detection by law enforcement even more difficult.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator discussed how they combat these crimes in our county. The investigator gave a breakdown of the narcotics division, discussed some investigative techniques, and talked about how they partner with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and HSI (Homeland Security Investigations). Additionally, information was given on how to report drug-related crimes by calling the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Tip Line (704-736-8606) or Lincolnton/Lincoln County CrimeStoppers (704-736-8909).