Major Bryan "BJ" Knight has been protecting the public as an officer for 16 years. He has dedicated his career to working in Detention Centers and Prisons. Major Knight is a 2002 graduate of Scotland High School. After graduating Major Knight attended Richmond Community College enrolling in the Criminal Justice Program.
Major Knight started his career in 2004 in public service working for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. In 2011, he became employed at the Scotland County Sheriff's Office working in the Detention Center earning promotions to Corporal and Sergeant within two years. Major Knight served as the Assistant Jail Administrator for 4 years until being promoted to Chief Jail Administrator in December of 2018.
Major Knight has received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through NC Sheriff's Training and Standards requiring many hours of classroom training and years of experience. He holds a General Instructor Certification and currently teaches BLET and DOCC School at Richmond Community College. Captain Knight training includes Crisis Intervention Training, Field Officer Training, First Line Supervision Training, as well as Rapid Deployment for Emergency Response. He also oversees the Scotland County Sheriff's Office K9 Program.
Major Knight was awarded a Life-Saving Commendation in 2013.
Major Knight enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing, and volunteering his time coaching baseball with Laurinburg Optimist and coaching football with Scotland County Parks and Recreation. He also participates in charity events organizing benefit bike runs and fundraisers in the community.
The Scotland County Detention Center is charged with the goal of aiding public safety by providing detention services for persons charged with or convicted of various criminal and civil offenses, as ordered by the court. The Detention Center operates under the authority of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and is under the direction of the Chief Jail Administrator.
The Scotland County Detention Center serves our community and citizens by providing safe, secure and humane detention of individuals in our custody while preparing them for a successful return to the community. The Detention Center is operated by properly trained personnel using the core principles of integrity, loyalty and service to provide a secure, safe, efficient, progressive, and humane facility for both staff and inmates
Integrity – Integrity is central to everything we do and key to maintaining the trust of our citizens, colleagues, and law enforcement partners. We are honest and truthful with the citizens and visitors we serve. We model positive behavior and observe the highest moral and ethical principles.
Service – The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office exists to serve and protect our citizens and community. We strive each day to be selfless in our devotion to duty as law enforcement officers. We carry out our crucial mission with professionalism, respect for others, discipline and self-control.
Courage – We will carry out our duty to serve and protect the citizens of Scotland County with the utmost physical and moral courage despite personal risks and with the firm commitment to do what is right and just. We take responsibility for our decisions and actions and courageously consider new ideas to change and improve our organization where change and improvement are needed.