It’s been more than 15 years since terrorists from abroad attacked our nation. We continue to face terrorism in our businesses, schools, churches and communities.
On September 11, 2001, our world changed forever, for better and for worse. We experienced evil we’d never seen before. We felt incomprehensible pain. Our nation came together with love and resilience and many heroes were born that day. That is why we will never forget 9/11.
Across the country, the question on every law enforcement professional’s mind was, “what do we do now?” We found ourselves catapulted into a new role as front line defenders in a fight against domestic terror attacks. Now, more than ever, we know terrorism is not just abroad. We are tasked with educating ourselves and our communities to be vigilant and to speak out when made aware of suspect behavior.
When I became Sheriff, keeping our communities safe was my priority then and continues to be today. On October 12-13, 2017, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office will host the NC/SC Counterterrorism Conference to provide law enforcement personnel with the most current information on fighting terrorism. My goal is to present speakers who will share information based on their experiences with domestic terror, such as those that occurred in San Bernardino, California, and Charleston, South Carolina. It will be a great opportunity to learn from those with firsthand knowledge.
I look forward to seeing you.