Every criminal justice officer employed by an agency in North Carolina shall:

(1)           be a citizen of the United States;

(2)           be at least 20 years of age;

(3)           be of good moral character pursuant to G.S. 17C-10 and as determined by a thorough background investigation;

(4)           have been fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national files to disclose any criminal record;

(5)           have been examined and certified by a licensed physician or surgeon to meet physical requirements necessary to properly fulfill the officer's particular responsibilities and shall have produced a negative result on a drug screen administered according to the following specifications:

(a)           the drug screen shall be a urine test consisting of an initial screening test using an immunoassay method and a confirmatory test on an initial positive result using a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) or other reliable initial and confirmatory tests as may, from time to time, be authorized or mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs;

(b)           a chain of custody shall be maintained on the specimen from collection to the eventual discarding of the specimen;

(c)           the drug screen shall test for the presence of at least cannabis, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), opiates and amphetamines or their metabolites;

(d)           the test threshold values established by the Department of Health and Human Services for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs, as found in 59 F.R. 29916(1994), are hereby incorporated by reference, and shall automatically include any later amendments and editions of the incorporated material as provided by G.S. 150B-21.6;

(e)           the test conducted shall be not more than 60 days old, calculated from the time when the laboratory reports the results to the date of employment;

(f)            the laboratory conducting the test must be certified for federal workplace drug testing programs, and must adhere to applicable federal rules, regulations and guidelines pertaining to the handling, testing, storage and preservation of samples;

(6)           have been administered a psychological screening examination by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina or by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist authorized to practice in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Armed Forces within one year prior to employment by the employing agency to determine the officer's mental and emotional suitability to properly fulfill the responsibilities of the position;

(7)           have been interviewed personally by the Department head or his representative or representatives, to determine such things as the applicant's appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate;

(8)           notify the Standards Division of all criminal offenses which the officer is arrested for or charged with, pleads no contest to, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of.  This shall include all criminal offenses except minor traffic offenses and shall specifically include any offense of Driving Under The Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI).  A minor traffic offense is defined, for purposes of this Subparagraph, as an offense where the maximum punishment allowable by law is 60 days or less.  Other offenses under Chapter 20 (Motor Vehicles) of the General Statutes of North Carolina or similar laws of other jurisdictions which shall be reported to the Standards Division expressly include G.S. 20-139 (persons under influence of drugs).  G.S. 20-28(b) (driving while license permanently revoked or permanently suspended) and G.S. 20-166 (duty to stop in event of accident).  The notifications required under this Subparagraph must be in writing, must specify the nature of the offense, the court in which the case was handled, the date of the arrest or criminal charge, the final disposition, and the date thereof.  The notifications required under this Subparagraph must be received by the Standards Division within 30 days of the date the case was disposed of in court.  The requirements of this Subparagraph shall be applicable at all times during which the officer is certified by the Commission and shall also apply to all applications for certification.  Officers required to notify the Standards Division under this Subparagraph shall also make the same notification to their employing or appointing executive officer within 20 days of the date the case was disposed of in court.  The executive officer, provided he has knowledge of the officer's arrest(s) or criminal charge(s) and final disposition(s), shall also notify the Standards Division of all arrests or criminal charges and final dispositions within 30 days of the date the case was disposed of in court.  Receipt by the Standards Division of a single notification, from either the officer or the executive officer, is sufficient notice for compliance with this Subparagraph.


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

Eff. January 1, 1981;

Amended Eff. September 1, 2001; April 1, 1999; January 1, 1995; November 1, 1993; July 1, 1990.