(a)  The basic training course for law enforcement officers shall consist of instruction designed to provide the trainee with the skills and knowledge to perform those tasks essential to function in law enforcement.

(b)  The course entitled "Basic Law Enforcement Training" shall consist of a minimum of 640 hours of instruction and shall include the following identified topical areas and minimum instructional hours for each:

(1)           LEGAL UNIT

(A)          Motor Vehicle Laws                                                                                           20 Hours

(B)          Controlled Substance                                                                                         12 Hours

(C)          Elements of Criminal Law                                                                                 24 Hours

(D)          Juvenile Laws and Procedures                                                                          8 Hours

(E)           Arrest, Search and Seizure/Constitutional Law                                             28 Hours

(F)           Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC)Laws and Procedures                              4 Hours

UNIT TOTAL                                                                                                                      96 Hours

(2)           PATROL DUTIES UNIT

(A)          Techniques of Traffic Law Enforcement                                                       24 Hours

(B)          Explosives and Hazardous Materials Emergencies                                       12 Hours

(C)          Traffic Crash Investigation                                                                               24 Hours

(D)          In-Custody Transportation                                                                                8 Hours

(E)           Crowd Management                                                                                           12 Hours

(F)           Patrol Techniques                                                                                                28 Hours

(G)          Law Enforcement Communication and Information Systems                    8 Hours

(H)          Anti-Terrorism                                                                                                      4 Hours

(I)            Rapid Deployment                                                                                              8 Hours

UNIT TOTAL                                                                                                                      128 Hours


(A)          Responding to Victims and the Public                                                             10 Hours

(B)          Domestic Violence Response                                                                           16 Hours

(C)          Ethics for Professional Law Enforcement                                                      4 Hours

(D)          Individuals with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities                24 Hours

(E)           Crime Prevention Techniques                                                                           6 Hours

(F)           Communication Skills for Law Enforcement Officers                                 8 Hours

(G)          Preparing for Court and Testifying in Court                                                  12 hours

UNIT TOTAL                                                                                                                      80 Hours


(A)          Fingerprinting and Photographing Arrestee                                                    6 Hours

(B)          Field Note-taking and Report Writing                                                              12 Hours

(C)          Criminal Investigation                                                                                       34 Hours

(D)          Interviews                                                                                                             16 Hours

(E)           Human Trafficking                                                                                             2 Hours

UNIT TOTAL                                                                                                                      70 Hours


(A)          First Responder                                                                                                   32 Hours

(B)          Firearms                                                                                                                48 Hours

(C)          Law Enforcement Driver Training                                                                   40 Hours

(D)          Physical Fitness (classroom instruction)                                                         8 Hours

(E)           Fitness Assessment and Testing                                                                       12 Hours

(F)           Physical Exercise 1 hour daily, 3 days a week                                               34 Hours

(G)          Subject Control Arrest Techniques                                                                  40 Hours

UNIT TOTAL                                                                                                                      214 Hours


(A)          Civil Process                                                                                                         24 Hours

(B)          Sheriffs' Responsibilities: Detention Duties                                                   4 Hours

(C)          Sheriffs' Responsibilities: Court Duties                                                           6 Hours

UNIT TOTAL                                                                                                                      34 Hours

(7)           COURSE ORIENTATION                                                                                                2 Hours

(8)           TESTING                                                                                                                              16 Hours

TOTAL COURSE HOURS                                                                                               640 Hours

(c)  The "Basic Law Enforcement Training Manual" published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be used as the curriculum for this training course. Copies of this publication may be inspected at the office of the agency:

Criminal Justice Standards Division

North Carolina Department of Justice

1700 Tryon Park Drive

Post Office Drawer 149

Raleigh, North Carolina 27602

and may be obtained at the cost of printing and postage from the North Carolina Justice Academy at the following address:

North Carolina Justice Academy

Post Office Drawer 99

Salemburg, North Carolina 28385

(d)  The "Basic Law Enforcement Training Course Management Guide" published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be used by school directors in planning, implementing, and delivering basic training courses. Copies of this guide may be obtained at the cost of printing and postage from the Justice Academy.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17C-6; 17C-10;

Eff. January 1, 1981;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 14, 1983 for a period of 120 days to expire on April 12, 1984;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2019; July 1, 2018; January 1, 2018; July 1, 2017; July 1, 2016; January 1, 2015; February 1, 2014; July 1, 2011; July 1, 2009; January 1, 2006; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000; November 1, 1998; July 1, 1997; January 1, 1995; February 1, 1991; July 1, 1989;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 25, 2019.