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Officer gains certification

Newton code enforcement officer sworn in as law enforcement officer

NEWTON, N.C. – City of Newton Code Enforcement Officer Jon Raines took the law enforcement oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Raines has served as Newton’s code enforcement officer since October 2012. He graduated at the top of his class from Catawba Valley Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training. The training—which requires more than 600 contact hours—includes study of legal guidelines, patrol duties, law enforcement communications, investigations, and practical applications of law enforcement techniques.

“I really do appreciate the Newton Police Department having faith in me,” Raines said. “I appreciate being here and look forward to being here all the way to retirement.”

Raines will continue serving as Newton’s code enforcement officer, but his new certification will increase his value to the Newton Police Department and Newton’s residents.

As code enforcement officer, Raines spends much time working alongside law enforcement officers. He will be able now to assume the responsibilities of a police officer while simultaneously executing his duties as code enforcement officer.

Brown said he was pleased to have a member of his staff of the caliber of Jon Raines.

“We have 13,000 people and 13 square miles to protect,” Brown said. “This ceremony is to remind officers of what their oath really is.” 

Raines swearing in
Newton Code Enforcement Officer Jon Raines (left) is sworn in as a law enforcement officer by Newton Police Chief Don Brown.