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Coy Reid, Sheriff
Coy Reid Sheriff
Phone: (828) 464-5241

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100 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 385
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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A Deputy needs to complete BLET - Basic Law Enforcement Training.  It is offered as a 6-month course at most community colleges; however, student must be sponsored by law enforcement agency.  See details below.

Detention Officers do not have to complete BLET.  There is a month long course that we pay for after we hire a detention officer.

Currently our:
Deputies start at $36,476 ($17.54 per hour)
Detention Officers start at $31,509 ($15.15 per hour)

We usually have part-time positions open.  Full-time Officers are hired from the part-time staff (unless applicant has prior law enforcement experience).  Promotion is performance based. Applications are available in Sheriff’s Office and Detention reception.

For other job opportunities with Catawba County Government see our Job Openings Web Page.


When to Apply

Sponsorship is provided in accordance with the local school schedules, and will be accepted during the months of APRIL (for classes starting in July & August) and SEPTEMBER (for classes starting in December & January) ONLY.

Who can Apply
In order to be eligible for sponsorship to a BLET program, you must:
  • Be at least 20 years of age (must be 21 to be an Officer)
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED)
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Hold a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Be living in Catawba County
  • Have a background free from criminal offenses
  • Complete application packet with local BLET program
Application Process
In order to apply for BLET sponsorship, an individual may obtain a sponsorship packet from Catawba County Sheriff’s Office during regular business hours. Completed packets submitted with-in the months of APRIL or SEPTEMBER will be reviewed. Letter with our recommendation will be sent to school and applicant with-in 4 to 8 weeks. Our agency will not be responsible for any cost incurred during your school.

In order to apply for the Basic Law Enforcement Training program, an individual may obtain an application packet from a local Community College:

Catawba Valley Community College

Caldwell Community College &TI

Gaston College

Mitchell Community College

Western Piedmont Community College

Wilkes Community College

NC Justice Academy Training & Standards website: