Lee County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Brian Estes
Sheriff Estes grew up in Sanford, NC and attended Lee Senior High School.
Sheriff Brian Estes began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He has served as a Patrol Deputy, Domestic Violence Investigator, Criminal Investigator, Narcotics Agent, Task Force Officer, Homeland Security Officer, Captain of Professional Standards and Major of Department Operations.
Sheriff Estes attained his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Carolina Community College; then attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Olive College.
Sheriff Estes has completed countless hours of training that have afforded him the Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standard’s Commission along with an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standard’s Commission.
During his law enforcement career, through hard work, Brian was fortunate to be the only Lee County Sheriff’s Office employee to graduate from the FBI National Academy. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers. The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science. The program serves to improve the administration of justice in departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
Sheriff Estes became a General Instructor after attending the North Carolina Justice Academy. He then began teaching in the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Central Carolina Community College and became a Qualified Assistant to the School Director for the night classes program.
Sheriff Estes became a Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor and started a Physical Fitness program within the Lee County Sheriff’s Office along with teaching Physical Fitness training to Basic Law Enforcement Training Cadets and Detention Officers.
Sheriff Estes is a family man and believes that a supportive family is essential in the success of any career, especially law enforcement. Along with his wife Ashley and son Corbin, they call Lee county their home.
Sheriff Estes began part time with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and performed several different duties as needed, before accepting a full time position to the Patrol division; promoted to the Domestic Violence Investigator, Criminal Investigator, Narcotic Agent, Task Force Officer HSI, Captain of Professional Standards and was appointed Sheriff in Jan 2022.
Attended Lee Senior High School, graduated in 1998
Attended Central Carolina Community College: received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
Attended Mount Olive College: received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice 2001
Completed Basic Law Enforcement Training 2002
Attended the North Carolina Justice Academy to become a General Instructor 2007
Taser Instructor qualified 2008
Attended the North Carolina Justice Academy for Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor 2009
Began teaching the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in 2007
Attained qualification Assistant to the School Director for CCCC 2015
Attained Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standard’s Commission
Attained Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standard’s Commission
Graduated FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA (Class 268) 2017
To enforce the law, preserve the peace and protect the values of Lee County citizens by providing communities with a safe and secure environment.
The Office of Sheriff
The Office of the Sheriff is truly unique in the criminal justice community. In the United States, he is usually an elected official responsible for the law enforcement, corrections, court security, transportation of prisoners and the service of civil and criminal processes in the county. He is a ministerial officer with delegated executive authority to carry out his duties. His responsibilities may vary from state to state but, generally, he is an active participant in all three branches of the criminal justice system:
Jail / Corrections
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