Professional Standards

Captain Mose Highsmith

Sergeant Mark Francisco

Mose Highsmith literally grew up in law enforcement. He was a founding member of the Explorer Scout Post with the Wilmington Police Department in 1974 at the age of 16. He was hired as a paid Police Cadet in 1977, was sworn as a Police Officer in 1979 and worked as a patrol officer until 1982. Mose then worked at Progress Energy before returning to law school. He also served as a reserve deputy under Sheriff John Carr Davis.Mose attended law school at Campbell University, graduating in 1996, and served in the Attorney General’s Office for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as the Tribal Police Attorney; an Assistant District Attorney in Haywood County, where he served on the domestic violence task force and successfully prosecuted the first marital rape case in North Carolina. He was the Sheriff’s Attorney and Legal Advisor in Henderson County from 2000 until 2005, and was in the private practice of law from 2005 until 2011 before returning to public service.

Mose now serves as the Captain of Professional Standards. His duties include providing legal advice and representation to Sheriff Ingram, providing legal advice and assistance to  deputies in case preparation, providing assistance on personnel issues, providing appellate case law and  legislative updates, contract review, in service training on legal issues, policy and procedure development and review, and other duties as assigned by the Sheriff.

The Professional Standards Sergeant Conducts Internal Investigations to insure that staff members follow all policies and procedures as set forth by the Sheriff. Sgt Francisco also does follow up investigations for all uses of force, traffic accidents, or any incident which results in the injury or death of an employee, citizen, or suspect.The office of Professional Standards also receives and responds to citizen complaints, and makes the Sheriff aware of any potential problems or civil litigation.Sergeant Francisco earned a BS degree in criminal justice from Guilford College in Greensboro and is a retired Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). He completed the SBI Academy and the Greensboro Police Academy, as well numerous classes and training seminars on the local, state, and federal level.
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