Shuler receives criminal justice achievement award

By DeeAnna Haney | Mar 19, 2014

With nearly 23 years of service under his belt, Lt. Mike Shuler recently received recognition for his time working at the Haywood County Sheriff's Office.

On March 3, Shuler was given the Advanced Service Award by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission, which recognizes dedicated sheriff's deputies and detention officers' loyal and competent service to their departments and the state.

Shuler, a graduate of Sylva Webster High School, now known as Smoky Mountain High School, began his career in law enforcement at the Haywood County Sheriff's Office at the age of 22.

For the past 21 years, he has worked part-time as a security officer at the Lake Junaluska Assembly while also working full-time at the sheriff's office. He took over security at the lake in October when Chief Gene McAbee retired and the sheriff's office began contracting services to the lake.

The North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission was established in Sept. 1983. The purpose of the commission is to upgrade the capabilities, competence and proficiency of sheriffs' departmental personnel through programs, standards and procedures involving employment, improvement, career development and retention of the sheriff's office personnel.

The North Caroline Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission currently maintains certification files on over 25,000 deputy sheriffs, detention officers and telecommunications.

To qualify for the Advanced Service Award, officers must complete a minimum of 20 years of service.

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