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Professional Certificate & Service Award Programs

To recognize the level of competence of sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, detention officers and telecommunicators serving the sheriffs’ offices of North Carolina, to foster increased interest in college education and professional law enforcement training programs and to attract highly qualified people into a law enforcement career, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission offers several Professional Certificate/Service Award Programs.
 
Eligibility for professional certificates is determined by a formula which combines formal education, law enforcement training and actual experience as a justice officer.
 
 
The following components are considered for each of the professional certificate programs.
 
Education - Each semester hour of college credit shall equal one point; each quarter hour shall equal two-thirds point. No correspondence or vocational courses shall be credited towards education points unless an accredited institution credits the course(s) toward a degree. Applicants holding degrees, however, are not awarded additional points for those degrees and must instead meet the training point requirements through completion of law enforcement training.
 
Training - Twenty hours of Commission-approved training gained in an officer’s area of expertise shall equal one point. BLET cannot be credited towards a detention officer’s or a telecommunicator’s training point total, nor can Correctional or Jailer training be credited towards a deputy’s training points.
 
Note that credit for completion of basic training courses is limited as follows:
 
Basic Law Enforcement Training
 
       8 points
 
Detention Officer Certification Course
 
       4 points
 
Telecommunicator Certification Course
 
       2 points
 
Experience - The experience that can be credited varies with each Program as specified below. 
 
 
 
For deputy sheriffs who are not currently serving in a full-time sworn law enforcement position, but who are serving as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, service as a reserve deputy sheriff shall be acceptable for consideration; or an officer who is otherwise ineligible to receive an equivalent certification through the Professional Certificate Program for Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs (above) may receive a certificate under this program, in which case one year of full-time service may be substituted for one year of reserve service.
 
 
 
Only full-time experience as a member of a correctional or detention facility in North Carolina shall be acceptable for consideration.
 
 
 
Only full-time experience as a telecommunicator certified through this Commission shall be acceptable for consideration.
 
 
 
An applicant may qualify for the Intermediate Service Award if he or she is an elected or appointed sheriff or is a deputy sheriff, detention officer or telecommunicator holding a valid general or grandfather certification, and has a minimum of 15 years of service as a full-time, certified justice officer.
 
An applicant may qualify for the Advanced Service Award if he or she is an elected or appointed sheriff or is a deputy sheriff, detention officer, or telecommunicator holding a valid general or grandfather certification, and has a minimum of 20 years of service as a full-time, certified justice officer.
  
 
Reserve Justice Officers’ Service Award Program
 
An applicant may qualify for the Intermediate Service Award if he or she is a reserve deputy sheriff, detention officer or telecommunicator holding a valid general or grandfather certification, and has a minimum of 15 years of reserve service or a combination of full-time and reserve service as a certified justice officer.
 
An applicant may qualify for the Advanced Reserve Service Award if he or she is a reserve deputy sheriff, detention officer, or telecommunicator holding a valid general or grandfather certification, and has a minimum of 20 years of reserve service or a combination of full-time and reserve service as a certified justice officer.
 
 
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