12 NCAC 09E .0105          MINIMUM TRAINING SPECIFICATIONS: ANNUAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING

(a)  The following topics, specifications, and hours shall be included in each law enforcement officer's annual in-service training courses. For the purposes of this Subchapter, a credit shall be equal to one hour of traditional classroom instruction. All sworn law enforcement officers shall complete a minimum of 24 in-service training credits. The following topics, totaling 18 credits, shall be specifically required:

(1)           2018 Firearms Training and Qualification (4 credits);

(2)           2018 Legal Update (4 credits);

(3)           2018 Strategies to Improve Law Enforcement Interactions and Relationships With Minority Youth (2 credits);

(4)           2018 Equality in Policing (4 credits);

(5)           2018 Communications Skills With Persons in Crisis – De-escalation Techniques (4 credits).

(b)  All sworn law enforcement officers shall complete a minimum of 6 in-service credits, in topics identified by their respective agency heads. The Department Head may choose any topic, provided the lesson plan is written in Instructional Systems Design format and is taught by an instructor who is certified by the Commission. Topics delivered pursuant to Rule .0104(1) of this Section to satisfy this requirement shall not be required to be written in Instructional Systems Design format or delivered by an instructor certified by the Commission.

(c)  The "Specialized Firearms Instructor Training Manual" published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be applied as a guide for conducting the annual in-service firearms training program. Copies of this publication may be inspected at the office of the:

Criminal Justice Standards Division

North Carolina Department of Justice

1700 Tryon Park Drive

Raleigh, North Carolina 27610

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

North Carolina Justice Academy

Post Office Drawer 99

Salemburg, North Carolina 28385

(d)  The "In-Service Lesson Plans" published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be applied as a minimum curriculum for conducting the annual in-service training program. Copies of this publication may be inspected at the office of the:

Criminal Justice Standards Division

North Carolina Department of Justice

1700 Tryon Park Drive

Raleigh, North Carolina 27610

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

North Carolina Justice Academy

Post Office Drawer 99

Salemburg, North Carolina 28385

(e)  Lesson plans are designed to be delivered in hourly increments. A student who completes an online in-service training topic shall receive the number of credits that correspond to the number of hours of traditional classroom training, regardless of the amount of time the student spends completing the course.

(f)  Completion of training shall be demonstrated by passing a written test for each in-service training topic, as follows:

(1)           A written test comprised of at least five questions per credit shall be developed by the agency or the North Carolina Justice Academy for each in-service training topic requiring testing. Written courses that are more than four credits in length shall include a written test comprising of a minimum of 20 questions. The Firearms Training and Qualifications in-service course and topics delivered pursuant to Rule .0104(1) of this Section shall be exempt from this written test requirement;

(2)           A student shall pass each test by achieving 70 percent correct answers; and

(3)           A student who completes a topic of in-service training in a traditional classroom setting or online and fails the end of topic exam shall be given one attempt to re-test. If the student fails the exam a second time, the student shall complete the in-service training topic in a traditional classroom setting before taking the exam a third time.

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2005; November 1, 1998;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2005;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2018; January 1, 2017; July 1, 2016; January 1, 2016; January 1, 2015; February 1, 2014; June 1 ,2012; February 1, 2011; January 1, 2010; April 1, 2009; April 1, 2008; February 1, 2007; January 1, 2006.