The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission is responsible for the certification of all justice officers, including deputy sheriffs, detention officers and telecommunicators, who are employed in the 100 Sheriffs’ Offices in this state pursuant to N.C.G.S. 17E. Telecommunicators employed by police departments, emergency communications centers, 911 centers and state agencies may also be certified with the Sheriffs’ Standards Commission.
This Commission also oversees the establishment, maintenance and upgrading of acceptable training courses.
Resulting from the creation of the Commission in 1983, the Sheriffs’ Standards Division was established as part of the Department of Justice. The primary objective of this Division is to act as staff to the Commission in carrying out its responsibilities
Candidates for the Office of Sheriff
North Carolina Session Law 2021-107 became effective October 1, 2021 and requires that any candidate for Election to the Office of Sheriff or appointee to the Office of Sheriff must disclose any and all felony convictions, including any expunged felony convictions. Any individual filing notice of candidacy must provide a Disclosure Statement prepared by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. In order to obtain a disclosure statement, potential candidates for election to the Office of Sheriff must submit the following three (3) documents to the Sheriffs’ Standards Division:
A full set of fingerprints
Disclosure statements are valid for a period of 90 days from the date of issuance to the date of filing with the county Board of Elections. For assistance contact our office at 919-779-8213.
Senate Bill 300 which was recently signed into law contains a number of provisions related to Criminal Justice reform. Two of the components of this bill which take effect on October 1, 2021, include (Part III) Critical Incident Statewide Database and (Part IV) Report Requirement related to Giglio Material.
In order to assist you with compliance for Part III, the Criminal Justice and Sheriffs’ Standards Divisions have jointly created the “Critical Incident Report for NC Law Enforcement” form. Please download and print the form, complete it in blue or black ink, have the appropriate person(s) sign the form, and then mail it to us at the address listed on the top of the form. It is a statutory requirement that you do so for each qualifying event as articulated in the statute.
In order to assist you with compliance for Part IV, the Divisions have jointly created the “Requirement to Report Material Relevant to Testimony (Giglio)” form. Please complete the form as needed and mail it as indicated above.
North Carolina Session Law 2021-138, Senate Bill 300, also requires a psychological screening exam for all Justice Officers (deputies, detention officers and telecommunicators) seeking initial/first-time Probationary Certification with the Sheriffs’ Commission. This requirement becomes effective 1/1/2022 and applies to justice officers with an appointment or oath date of 1/1/2022 or later. Please see the link below for additional information relating to this requirement.
2022 Commission Meeting Schedule
March 17 – 18 Transylvania County
June 16 – 17 Brunswick County
September 15-16 Cleveland County
December 1-2 Gaston County
Certification of Police Telecommunicators
Effective 7/1/2022, all telecommunicators employed by municipal police departments must be reported for certification with the Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. As a result of the many questions surrounding this mandate, we have produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions for Telecommunicator Certification. If you need additional assistance, please contact our office at 919-779-8213, or via email to email@example.com.
We look forward to working with you through this process!