SUBCHAPTER 9E ‑ IN‑SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMS

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER'S IN‑SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM

 

 

12 NCAC 09E .0101          PURPOSE

In order to ensure a minimum level of proficiency in specific topical areas for law enforcement officers serving the governmental agencies within the state, the Commission establishes the law enforcement officers' annual in‑service training program.

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989.

 

 

12 NCAC 09E .0102          REQUIRED ANNUAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING TOPICS

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2005;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2005;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2011; January 1, 2010; April 1, 2009; April 1, 2008; February 1, 2007; January 1, 2006;

Repealed Eff. February 1, 2013.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0103          DEPARTMENT HEAD RESPONSIBILITIES: ANNUAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING

The Department head shall ensure that the annual in-service training is conducted according to specifications as outlined in Rules 09E .0105 and 09E .0106.  In addition, the Department head or designated representative:

(1)           shall review departmental policies regarding the use of force during the agency's annual in-service training program.  The Department head or designated representative shall certify that this review has been completed by submitting a Commission form to the Criminal Justice Standards Division; and

(2)           shall report to the Criminal Justice Standards Division once each calendar year a roster of all law enforcement officers who fail to successfully complete the annual in-service training and firearms qualification and shall certify that all law enforcement officers in the agency not listed did successfully complete the training.  This roster shall reflect the annual in-service training and firearms qualification status of all law enforcement officers employed by the agency as of December 31 of each calendar year and shall be received by the Criminal Justice Standards Division no later than the following January 15th; and

(3)           shall maintain in each officer's file documentation on a Commission form that the officer has completed the annual in-service training requirement; and

(4)           shall, where the officer fails to successfully qualify with any of the weapons specified in Rule 09E .0106(a) and (b), prohibit access to such weapon(s) until such time as the officer obtains qualification; and

(5)           shall, where the officer fails to successfully qualify with any of the weapons specified in Rule 09E .0106(d), prohibit the possession of such weapon(s) while on duty or when acting in the discharge of that agency's official duties, and shall deny the officer authorization to carry such weapon(s) concealed when off-duty, except when the officer is on his own premises; and

(6)           shall, where the officer has access to any specialized or tactical weapon(s) not specifically covered in Rule 09E .0106(a) and (b), use industry accepted practices and procedures to ensure that officers authorized to use such weapon(s) are qualified.  Where the officer fails to qualify, the agency head or designated representative shall restrict access to such weapon(s).

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2005; January 1, 1995.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0104          INSTRUCTORS: ANNUAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING

The following requirements and responsibilities are hereby established for instructors who conduct the law enforcement officers' annual in-service training program:

(1)           The instructor shall hold Instructor Certification issued by the Commission as outlined in 12 NCAC 09B .0302, 09B .0304, and 09B .0306, except for instructors:

(A)          delivering CPR certifications that include cognitive and skills testing;

(B)          delivering use of equipment training conducted by a manufacturer, manufacturer's representative or a service provider and documented through a certificate of completion; or

(C)          delivering Incident Command System training for NIMS (National Incident Management System) compliance who are certified through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) as Incident Command Instructors.

In addition, each instructor certified by the Commission to teach in a Commission-certified course shall remain competent in his or her specific or specialty areas.  Such competence includes remaining current in the instructor's area of expertise, which may be demonstrated by attending and successfully completing all instructor updates issued by the Commission.

(2)           Instructors who teach a required in-service training topic must achieve a passing grade on a topic specific test developed by the North Carolina Justice Academy or by the agency delivering the training. Instructors who teach a required in-service training topic online must also complete the in-service training for the topic he or she will be teaching.  Instructors who teach an in-service training topic in a traditional classroom format will receive credit toward their own in-service training requirements, provided that they pass all required tests and have their instruction documented by the Department Head or In-Service Training Coordinator once completed.

(3)           The instructor shall deliver the training consistent with the specifications established in Rules 09E .0105 and .0106.

(4)           The instructor shall report the successful or unsuccessful completion of training for each officer to the Department Head.  Such reporting shall be on a Commission form.

(5)           When the officer fails to qualify with a weapon, the instructor shall inform the officer that the officer did not qualify and the instructor shall deliver a Commission form to the officer which shall be signed by the officer.  This form shall instruct the officer not to use the weapon and shall require the officer to notify the Department Head or designated representative within 24 hours of the failure to qualify. The instructor shall personally deliver this form or send the form by certified mail to the Department head or designated representative within 72 hours of the failure to qualify.

All Commission forms are available for download on the Criminal Justice Standards Division website: http://ncdoj.gov/About-DOJ/Law-Enforcement-Training-and-Standards/Criminal-Justice-Education-and-Training-Standards/Forms-and-Publications.aspx.

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2014; February 1, 2013; April 1, 2008; January 1, 2006; January 1, 2005.

 

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

(a)  The following topical areas and specifications are established as minimum topics, specifications and hours to 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.  These specifications shall be incorporated in each law enforcement agency's annual in-service training courses:

(1)           2014 Firearms Training and Qualification (6 credits);

(2)           2014 Legal Update (4 credits);

(3)           2014 Juvenile Minority Sensitivity Training: A Juvenile – Now What? (2 credits);

(4)           2014 Officer Safety: The First Five Minutes (4 credits); and

(5)           2014 Department Topics of Choice (8 credits).  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.

(b)  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

(c)  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

(d)  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.

(e)  Successful 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 are required to have a written test comprising of a minimum of 20 questions. The Firearms Training and Qualifications in-service course is exempt from this written test requirement;

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

(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 must 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. February 1, 2014; June 1, 2012; February 1, 2011; January 1, 2010; April 1, 2009; April 1, 2008; February 1, 2007; January 1, 2006.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0106          ANNUAL IN-SERVICE FIREARMS QUALIFICATION SPECIFICATIONS

(a)  All certified law enforcement officers shall qualify for both day and night use with their individual and department-approved service handgun(s) at least once each calendar year. For the purpose of this specification, service handgun shall include any semi-automatic pistol or revolver. In addition to the requirements specified in Rule 09E .0105 of this Subchapter, the course of fire shall not be less stringent than the "Basic Training - Law Enforcement Officers" course requirements for firearms qualification.

(b)  All certified law enforcement officers who are issued or authorized to use a shotgun, rifle or automatic weapon shall qualify with each weapon respectively at least once each calendar year.

(c)  The qualifications required by Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule shall be completed with duty equipment and duty ammunition or ballistic equivalent ammunition to include lead-free ammunition that meets the same point of aim, point of impact, and felt recoil of the duty ammunition, for all weapons.

(d)  All certified law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry an off-duty handgun(s) shall qualify with each such handgun consistent with the specifications as outlined in Rules .0105(1) and .0106(a) and (g) of this Section.

(e)  To satisfy the training requirements for all in-service firearms qualifications, an officer shall attain at least 70 percent accuracy with each weapon.

(f)  The qualifications required by Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule must be achieved at least once in a single day in no more than three attempts in a single day for each course of fire and for each weapon for which qualification is required.  Individuals not qualifying in a single day for each course of fire or for a certain weapon for which qualification is required shall be deemed as having failed and 12 NCAC 09E .0103(4) and (5) shall apply.

(g)  The In-Service Firearms Qualification Manual as published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be applied as a guide for conducting the annual in-service firearms qualification.  Copies of this publication may be inspected at the office of the agency:

Criminal Justice Standards Division

North Carolina Department of Justice

114 West Edenton Street

Old Education Building

Post Office Drawer 149

Raleigh, North Carolina 27602

and may be viewed and downloaded at no cost from the Academy's website at the following address:

http://www.jus.state.nc.us/NCJA

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2006; January 1, 2005; November 1, 1998; March 1, 1992.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0107          FAILURE TO QUALIFY: ANNUAL IN-SERVICE FIREARMS TRAINING

(a)  Where an officer is employed with an agency that establishes a higher standard for annual in-service firearms training than those specified in this Subchapter and the officer has failed to meet the requirements of the employing agency as of December 31 of each calendar year, such officer shall meet the requirements of this Rule and the higher standard of the employing agency for continued employment.  Prior to transfer to another agency, the officer shall meet the requirements of this Rule and the requirements of the subsequent agency, if the subsequent agency requires a higher standard for annual in-service firearms training than those required in 12 NCAC 09E .0105(1) and .0106.

(b)  Upon notification that an officer has failed to meet the requirements for in-service firearms training and qualification as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0106(a) of this Subchapter, the law enforcement officer's certification shall be suspended.

(c)  The suspended officer shall be granted limited enrollment in a presentation of the "Basic Law Enforcement Training" course to complete the firearms training topic.

(d)  Such enrollment and successful completion must occur within the 12 month period following suspension of law enforcement officer certification.

(e)  Failure to enroll and successfully complete the firearms training topic in a "Basic Law Enforcement Training" course within the prescribed 12 month period shall subject the officer to training evaluation as specified in 12 NCAC 09B .0403.

(f)  No officer suspended under Paragraph (b) of this Rule may work as a certified law enforcement officer until:

(1)           the department head or designated representative forwards to the Commission documentary evidence verifying that the officer has successfully completed the firearms training topic during a limited enrollment in a Basic Law Enforcement Training Course within the 12 month period following suspension of law enforcement officer certification, and has successfully qualified with a duty weapon as required in 12 NCAC 09E .0106(a) and (b).

 (2)          the department head or designated representative and the officer receive from the Commission documentation that the Commission has terminated the suspension and reissued law enforcement certification to the suspended officer.

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2005; August 1, 2000; March 1, 1992; March 1, 1990.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0108          FAILURE TO COMPLETE ANNUAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING

(a)  Failure to successfully complete the annual in-service training topics as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0102 within the calendar year shall result in suspension of the law enforcement officer's certification.

(b)  Upon notification that a law enforcement officer who has been continuously employed with an agency during the 12 month calendar year has failed to meet the requirements for in-service training as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0102, the officer's certification shall be suspended by the Standards Division Director.

(c)  No officer suspended under Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall work as a certified law enforcement officer until:

(1)           the department head or designated representative forwards to the Commission documentary evidence verifying that the officer has complied with the requirements for reinstatement of certification as specified in this subsection; and

(2)           the department head or designated representative and the officer receive from the Commission documentation that the Commission has terminated the suspension and reissued law enforcement certification to the suspended officer.

(d)  If an officer has separated from an agency with less than a 12 month break in law enforcement service and is later reemployed as a law enforcement officer during the same calendar year, the officer shall have completed all of the in-service training topics as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0102 by the end of that same calendar year.  Upon notification that such officer has failed to meet all the requirements for in-service training as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0102, the law enforcement officer's certification shall be suspended.

(e)  If an officer has separated from an agency with less than a 12 month break in law enforcement service and is later reemployed as a law enforcement officer during the subsequent calendar year, the officer shall have completed all of the in-service training topics as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0102 by the end of the subsequent calendar year.  Upon notification that such officer has failed to meet all the requirements for in-service training as specified in 12 NCAC 09E .0102, the law enforcement officer's certification shall be suspended.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 2005;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2006.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0109          In-service training coordinator requirements

(a)  Any person designated by his or her agency head to act as, or who performs the duties of, an In-Service Training Coordinator in the delivery or presentation of a Commission‑mandated or Commission-recognized in-service training course shall have on file confirmation from the Commission acknowledging designation as In-Service Training Coordinator prior to acting in an official capacity as an In-Service Training Coordinator.

(b)  To be eligible to serve as an In-Service Training Coordinator, an applicant shall:

(1)           have four years of practical experience as a criminal justice officer or as an administrator or specialist in a field directly related to the criminal justice system;

(2)           hold General Instructor certification;

(3)           have successfully participated in the "Coordinating In-Service Training" course presented by the North Carolina Justice Academy for the purpose of familiarization with trainee and instructor evaluation.

(c)  The agency head shall submit to the Criminal Justice Standards Division a Commission In Service Training Coordinator Request form containing the name and other requested information for the person selected to act as In-Service Training Coordinator for the agency.  The agency head shall ensure that the person selected meets the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 2006.

 

12 NCAC 09E .0110          in-service training coordinator RESPONSIBILITIES

In planning, developing, coordinating, and delivering each Commission-mandated in-service training course, the In-Service Training Coordinator shall:

(1)           administer the delivery of the course curriculum in accordance with the curriculum standards established in this Subchapter;

(2)           select and schedule instructors who are certified by the Commission;

(3)           ensure that each instructor utilizes a current Commission‑approved lesson plan;

(4)           monitor, or designate a certified instructor to monitor, the presentations of instructors during course deliveries and prepare written evaluations on their performance and suitability for subsequent instructional assignments. The observations shall be of sufficient duration to ensure the instructor is using the Instructional System Design model, and that the delivery is objective based, documented by and consistent with a Commission recognized lesson plan. For each topic area, the in-service training coordinator's evaluation shall be based upon the course delivery observations, the instructor's use of a Commission recognized lesson plan, and the results of the student evaluation of the instructor.  For probationary instructors, these evaluations shall be prepared on Commission forms and forwarded to the Commission. Based on this evaluation, the In-Service Training Coordinator shall have the responsibility for recommending approval or denial of requests for General Instructor Certification. For all other instructors, these evaluations shall be prepared on Commission forms in accordance with Commission standards as set out in this Chapter.  These evaluations shall be kept on file by the agency for a period of three years and shall be made available for inspection by a representative of the Commission upon request. In the event the evaluation of an instructor indicates that his or her performance was less than acceptable, the In-Service Training Coordinator shall forward a copy of the evaluation to the Commission. Any designated certified instructor who is evaluating the instructional presentation of another instructor shall, at a minimum, hold certification in the same instructional topic area as that for which the instructor is being evaluated.

(5)           maintain records of all in-service training received by the agency's officers which include:

(a)           course title;

(b)           delivery hours of course;

(c)           course delivery dates;

(d)           names and addresses of instructors utilized for each topic;

(e)           a roster of enrolled trainees documenting class attendance; and

(f)            test scores from in-service training.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 2006.