LUMBERTON — Years of hard work, training and service in law enforcement were recognized on Thursday when 17 Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. “This is a great achievement for any law enforcement officer in the state, but to have 17 officers receive the certification at the same time shows their dedication towards the profession and their willingness to go the extra mile for training to better serve the county,” Wilkins said. The Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate is the highest professional certification that an officer can achieve in North Carolina, Wilkins said. Receiving the certificate were Retired/Auxiliary Sgt. Richard Adams, Lt. Eldon Alford, Deputy Robert Levi Bass, Detective Duron Burney, Lt. James Davis, Deputy Trent Deese, Lt. Brian Duckworth, Sgt. Mark Graham, Deputy Michael Hardin, Lt. Kevin Hickman, Capt. Joey Hucks, Deputy Christopher Douglas Hunt, Lt. George Dwayne Leggett, Lt. Daryl Little, Lt. Brandon Patterson, Sgt. Reginald Roberts and Detective/FBI Task Force Travis Roberts. Lt. Davis and Detective Roberts wer...