12 NCAC 09B .0111          MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

In addition to the requirements for criminal justice officers contained in Rule .0101 of this Section, every law enforcement officer employed by an agency in North Carolina shall:

(1)           not have committed or been convicted of:

(a)           a felony;

(b)           a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two years;

(c)           a crime or unlawful act defined as a "Class B misdemeanor" within the five year period prior to the date of application for employment;

(d)           four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as "Class B misdemeanors" regardless of the date of conviction;

(e)           four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as "Class A misdemeanors" except the applicant may be employed if the last conviction occurred more than two years prior to the date of application for employment; or

(f)            an offense that, proscribed by 18 USC 922(g)(8), would prohibit the possession of a firearm or ammunition;

(2)           be a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test indicating high school equivalency; and

(3)           satisfactorily complete the employing agency's in-service firearms training program as prescribed in 12 NCAC 09E .0105 and .0106.  Such firearms training compliance must have occurred prior to submission of the application for appointment to the Commission and must be completed using the agency-approved service handgun(s) and any other weapon(s) that the applicant has been issued or authorized to use by the agency.

Note:  Although not presently required, the Commission recommends that, on the date of employment or within 24 months thereafter, every candidate for employment as a law enforcement officer have completed no less than six semester units or nine quarter units of educational credit at an institution recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1981;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2009; August 1, 1998; December 1, 1987; October 1, 1985; January 1, 1985; January 1, 1983.