(a)  The time‑distance operator training course for law enforcement officers shall be designed to provide the trainee with the skills and knowledge to perform the function of a time‑distance operator. This course shall not exceed four consecutive weeks. If the Governor declares a State of Emergency pursuant to G.S. 166A-19.3(19), the Director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division shall allow additional breaks in a specific course delivery when the Director determines that doing so is necessary based on consideration of the following factors:

(1)           Whether instruction has begun in the course or whether course initiation may be postponed;

(2)           The risk of harm to students that may be caused by continuation of the course;

(3)           Whether those enrolled in the course have been or will likely be called to action to help address the State of Emergency;

(4)           The specific need for the waiver; and

(5)           The degree of benefit to the public in allowing a break in instruction.

Notice of waivers granted pursuant to the Section shall be posted on the CJETS website https://ncdoj.gov/law-enforcement-training/criminal-justice/. The waivers granted pursuant to this Section shall only apply to courses that began during the effective period of the State of Emergency.

(b)  Only employed or appointed personnel of a law enforcement agency may be enrolled in the time‑distance speed measurement operator training course. Such a trainee shall not be certified as a time‑distance speed measurement operator until the basic law enforcement training course has been completed and probationary or general law enforcement certification has been granted. Sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and federal law enforcement personnel, including armed forces personnel, shall be allowed to participate in time‑distance speed measurement operator training courses on a space available basis at the discretion of the school director without having enrolled in or having completed the basic law enforcement training course and without being currently certified in a probationary status or holding general law enforcement certification. The time-distance operator training course required for time-distance operator certification shall include the topic areas and minimum number of hours as outlined in the Time-Distance Operator Training Course. To qualify for time-distance operator certification, an applicant shall meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the Time-Distance Operator Training Course and meet the requirements of 12 NCAC 09B .0408 and .0409.

(c)  The "Time‑Distance Operator Training Course" as published by the North Carolina Justice Academy is to be applied as basic curriculum for the time‑distance operator training course for time‑distance operators as administered by the Commission. 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 cost from the Academy at the following address:

North Carolina Justice Academy

Post Office Box 99

Salemburg, North Carolina 28385


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17C‑6;

Eff. November 1, 1981;

Readopted w/change Eff. July 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; November 1, 1998; August 1, 1995; February 1, 1991; July 1, 1989; August 1, 1984;

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

Amended Eff. April 1, 2022.