Mace admitted to Criminal Justice Fellows program
RALEIGH – Attorney General Josh Stein announced Monday, Aug. 5, Dalton Mace, of Spruce Pine, has been admitted to the Criminal Justice Fellows program, which provides North Carolinians with a forgivable community college loan to pursue a career in law enforcement. Mace will attend Mayland Community College. This is the first year for the Criminal Justice Fellows program.
“All across our state, law enforcement agencies have unfilled positions due to a lack of qualified candidates,” Stein said. “In fact, the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission has canceled more the 50 Basic Law Enforcement Training courses since 2014 due to low enrollment. Fewer cadets entering training means we have fewer new officers. At the same time, the challenges facing our communities as a result of the opioid epidemic, cybercrime, sexual assault and other crimes remain immense.
“That is why my office developed and the legislature funded the Criminal Justice Fellows program. Communities need smart, well-trained, public-spirited individuals to keep people safe and communities vibrant – and the CJ Fellows Program will help to accomplish those worthy objectives.”
Fellows who complete their education and serve in North Carolina as a state or local law enforcement officer, correctional officer, deputy sheriff, detention officer or law enforcement telecommunicator for four years will have their loans forgiven.
The Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission will begin recruiting for next year’s class of fellows in the fall. Any rising high school seniors who are interested in applying for the program should visit www.ncdoj.gov.