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Hamlet Police detective earns Intermediate Certificate

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Hamlet Police Chief Tommy McMasters, right, presents Detective Sgt. Chris Lampley with his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate on Wednesday, along with Detective. Capt. Randy Dover. Hamlet Police Chief Tommy McMasters, right, presents Detective Sgt. Chris Lampley with his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate on Wednesday, along with Detective. Capt. Randy Dover. Hamlet Police Department

HAMLET — Another Richmond County detective has earned his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate.

Detective Sgt. Chris Lampley of the Hamlet Police Department was presented his certificate Wednesday by Chief Tommy McMasters.


Lampley completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training at Sandhills Community College in 2008 and joined the Hamlet Police Department.

He worked there until 2013, took a five-year break from law enforcement, and returned to the department in 2015 as patrol sergeant. He was promoted to detective sergeant in 2017.

The Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission established the Professional Certificate Program to "recognize the level of competence of law enforcement officers serving governmental agencies within the State, to foster interest in college education and professional law enforcement training programs, and to attract highly qualified people into a law enforcement career."

Under the program, officers receive recognition for education, professional training, and on-the-job experience.

According to the N.C. Department of Justice,  an officer can qualify for the Intermediate Certificate if he or she:

  • has accumulated at least 32 education and/or training points and at least eight years experience, or;
  • has accumulated at least 40 education and/or training points and at least six years experience, or;
  • has accumulated at least 48 education and/or training points and at least four years experience, or;
  • has an associate degree issued by an academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; has accumulated at least 16 training points and at least four years experience, or;
  • has a baccalaureate degree issued by an academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; has accumulated at least eight training points and at least two years experience.

To earn the Advanced Certificate, an officer must:

  • meet the requirements for the Intermediate Certificate, and;
  • have accumulated at least 48 education and/or training points and at least 12 years experience, or;
  • have accumulated at least 60 education and/or training points and at least nine years experience, or;
  • have an associate degree issued by an academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; have accumulated at least 36 training points and at least nine years experience, or;
  • have a baccalaureate degree issued by an academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; have accumulated at least 24 training points and at least six years experience, or;
  • have a graduate or professional degree issued by an academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; have accumulated at least 16 training points and at least four years experience.

Others in the Hamlet Police Department holding Intermediate Certificates are McMasters, Detective Capt. Randy Dover, Lt. Richard Jordan and Sgt. Robbie Carlisle. McMasters, Dover and Carlisle also hold an Advanced Certificate. Dover earned his in February.