Tuesday, 11 January 2022 15:25

McInnis named 'Defender of Public Safety' by N.C. Sheriffs' Association

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RALEIGH — Sen. Tom McInnis was named a “Defender of Public Safety” by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association for his support of law enforcement during the General Assembly’s 2021 session.

Sen. McInnis (R-Moore) said, “I am honored to be named a ‘Defender of Public Safety.’ During the 2021 session I worked with the Sheriffs’ Association on several bills, and I have the utmost respect for the men and women who are working diligently to serve and protect our community. They deserve our support in every way possible, and I will continue to work to make their job easier and safer.”

During a session which saw a heavy concentration of law enforcement and public safety related reform bills, Senator McInnis dedicated time and effort during the session advocating for law enforcement issues important to the Association which impact the office of sheriff, local communities, and the state.

That legislative work included securing $7.5 million in grants to help sheriffs’ offices in counties with a population of fewer than 210,000 people, increasing the penalty for breaking or entering a vehicle operated by any law enforcement agency with the intent to commit a felony or larceny, and increasing the penalty for possessing or selling fentanyl.

“Senator McInnis took a leadership role in advancing the legislative priorities of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association which represents all 100 sheriffs in the State,” said Sheriff Ed McMahon, president of the Association. “As a result, our sheriffs can be assured the profession of law enforcement will be able to recruit and retain individuals who will serve our communities with integrity and we are better equipped to protect the lives, liberties, and property of North Carolina’s citizens.”