Every certified officer shall complete annual In-Service training requirements as specified in 12 NCAC 09E and 12 NCAC 10B of the North Carolina Administrative Code.
All certified officers shall be included, whether they are full-time, part-time, paid, unpaid, regular, reserve, auxiliary, honorary, or special. (The calendar year runs from January 1 through December 31 of every year.) Failure to participate in and successfully complete all of the required annual In-Service training during the calendar year of service will result in the suspension of the officer’s certification.
Rules require that every law enforcement officer certified by the Commission must receive 24 credits of In-Service training annually. Commission-certified detention officers and telecommunicators must receive 16 credits of In-Service training. The Administrative Code outlines each year’s topics.
All sworn law enforcement, detention, and telecommunicators falling under the Sheriff’s Commission, holding certification on December 31 of the current calendar year must complete training between January and December.
The Administrative Code directs the North Carolina Justice Academy to develop instructor and student lesson plans and training aids for the “Required In-Service Training Topics.” Additionally, the Academy will develop lesson plans for use for the Department Topic of Choice. These materials may be obtained at cost from the North Carolina Justice Academy Bookstore and are available via the Instructor’s In-Service page (login below). The agency head is responsible for ensuring that all certified officers receive the training.