The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission recently published a press release about the work they are doing to provide high quality training and standards for law enforcement officers in North Carolina. You can read the full press release here.
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.
This Commission also oversees the establishment, maintenance and upgrading of acceptable training courses.
Resulting from the creation of the Commission, 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 that Disclosure Statement, potential candidates for Election to the Office of Sheriff must submit the following three (3) documents to the Sheriffs’ Standards Division.
- A complete, legible, and properly notarized “Qualifications for Sheriff/Expunction” form.
- A “Law Enforcement Application for Verification of Expunction” (AOC-CR-280) form.
- A full set of fingerprints.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION AND SUBMISSION OF THESE THREE (3) DOCUMENTS MAY BE FOUND HERE
A “SAMPLE” OF THE AOC-CR-280 FORM MAY BE FOUND HERE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIVESCAN FINGERPRINTS MAY BE FOUND HERE
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.
2021 Commission Meeting Schedule:
- March 11 & 12 – Guilford County
- June 10 & 11 _ New Hanover County
- September 9 & 10 – Caldwell County
- December 9 & 10 – Guilford 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!