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Richmond County deputies earn certificates

Sgt. P.T. Dawkins, left, and Lt. Josh Chermak, right, stand with Sheriff Mark Gulledge after receiving their certificates from Law Enforcement Management Academy.

ROCKINGHAM — Five Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were recognized last week for their professional development accomplishments.

Lt. Josh Chermak and Sgt. P.T. Dawkins were recognized for their recent graduation from the Law Enforcement Management Academy, hosted in Monroe.

The two went through six months of training that included supervision skills, budgeting, evaluations of training and progress of officers and media relations, and other topics, according to an April 13 Facebook post.

Chermak is assigned as the Professional Standards Division supervisor and Dawkins is assigned to the Civil Division.

“I am proud of these two for their dedication and desire to better themselves,” Sheriff Mark Gulledge said in a statement. “(It) not only betters them personally, but betters us as an agency, which allows us to better serve the citizens of Richmond County.”

Two other deputies, Detective James Hamby and Deputy Zack Allen were presented their Intermediate Law Enforcement certificates from the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education and Training Commission. Hamby is currently assigned as a criminal investigator and Allen is a night shift patrol deputy.


Another deputy, Lt. Stephen Gerald, has earned the Advanced Law Enforcement certificate. Gerald is a patrol shift supervisor.

The certificates are based on education, training and years of experience.

“It is an honor each time I am able to present our deputies with these types of awards on behalf of the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education and Training Commission,” Gulledge said. “I know personally the sacrifice and dedication it takes to earn these awards and I congratulate them on a job well done. The experience, training and knowledge they have obtained only makes us better as individuals and as an agency.”

Sheriff Mark Gulledge and Deputy Zack Allen.

Sheriff Mark Gulledge and Lt. Stephen Gerald.

Sheriff Mark Gulledge and Detective James Hamby.


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