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"Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do-then do it with all your strength".

President George Washington

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Sheriff Buchanan is a North Carolina native, hailing from nearby Avery County. With a 34-year career in law enforcement that began in the late 1980s, Buchanan’s time in the military and federal services have yielded a robust working knowledge of effective policing and law enforcement practices that produce results. Buchanan served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, supporting domestic and international security and enforcement programs before continuing his career in the civilian space. This included selective placement by the U.S. Government as a defense contractor in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as law enforcement field and educator roles within city, county, and state agencies. His expertise spans numerous agency functions, from investigations, K-9, narcotics, patrol, and tactical, to education, cross-agency networking, administration, and policy development. Buchanan has also served a number of directorships for the federal government, including:


  • Director of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force (ATTF):  Naval Air Warfare Center (NAVAIR), United States Naval Battleship & Submarine Forces, West Coast and East Coast operations
  • Director of Middle East International Training Programs for the Counter Narcotics Technology Program Office (CNTPO) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Afghanistan Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the Counter Narcotics Investigative Academy, in support of OEF
  • Director of US CENTCOM (CNTPO) Afghanistan Border Patrol & Migration Management Program in support of OEF
  • Director of Kyrgyzstan (MOBITS) Mobile Interdiction Teams
  • Director, Azerbaijan Naval Interdiction teams on the Caspian Sea for EUCOM
  • Director, West Bank Operations (Israeli / Palestinian Conflict) US Consulate Office
  • Director of Training, Terrorism Research Center (Terrorist Mindset & Country Centric Intelligence Courses)


Buchanan’s education and training span numerous institutions, and include:


  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Liberty University)
  • Graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program and Administrative Officer’s Course (University of Louisville)
  • Graduate of the Terrorism and National Security Management Certificate Program (Kaplan University)
  • Graduate of NC Advanced Institute of Applied Science in Forensics, Basic & Advanced Interview and Interrogation,
  • Graduate of the North Carolina Justice Police Law Institute
  • General, Intermediate, and Advanced Law Enforcement Certifications through the NC Criminal Justice Training & Standards Commission. 


In conjunction with the above, Buchanan has continued his work in the industry, most recently including high-profile engagements within the US. Not forgetting the importance of works, he has also volunteered time in ministry security, providing executive level protection throughout Africa for multiple principals and Christian missionary organizations…