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Sheriff's Citizens Patrol


The Sheriff's Citizens Patrol (SCP) was initiated by Sheriff Tracy Carter to give citizens of Lee County a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of his department. This ten-week course gives citizens an in-depth look and hands on training into the career of law enforcement at the sheriff's office. Citizens are instructed by deputies on the subject of patrol, jail, communications, investigations, court, and community policing.

The SCP is an 10-week program, in which courses are held once per week from 6:00 p.m. until approximately 10:00 p.m. Each week a new topic is introduced and discussed. Citizens will also have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol deputy, work with jail deputies and communication officers. This enables them to observe first hand how the sheriff's office handles incidents.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions and must be a resident or business owner in Lee County

There is no cost for participants and each student who successfully completes the academy will take part in graduation.

Training will be available for the first twenty qualified applicants. Further information can be obtained by contacting Lt. Sam Elliott @ SElliott@leecountync.gov or via phone at 919-718-4560, ext. 5629

Applications are available in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office and can be completed onsite or can be downloaded here. Once completed, you can either drop them off with the on-duty Communications Officer, email it or snail mail it to Lt. Sam Elliott, LCSO, 1401 Elm St. Sanford, NC 27330. Once the desired number of approved applications are received, participants will be notified. Future applications received will be placed in the next academy.

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Physical Address
1401 Elm Street
Sanford, NC 27331

Reporting Crimes

In Progress Crimes - Call 911

Report Tip Line - (not in progress) , please call us at 919-718-4577

To speak to one of our staff members, call 919-775-5531, day or night.

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Department Phone Numbers:

General Information - 919-775-5531

Animal Control - 919-775-5531

Administration Offices - 919-718-4561

Community Policing Unit - 919-718-4561 ext. 5607 / 5608 / 5629

Criminal Investigations - 919-718-4563

Civil Division - 919-718-4565

Narcotics Division - 919-718-4570

Jail - 919-718-4567