NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS DIVISION
ROY COOPER ATTORNEY GENERAL
PO DRAWER 149 RALEIGH 27602-0149 PHONE: (919) 716-6470 ● FAX: (919) 716-6752
SCOTT PERRY DIRECTOR
TO: FROM: DATE: SUBJECT:
Municipal, County, State and Company Police Criminal Justice Agency Administrators and Certified School Directors Scott Perry, Director January 7, 2005 Domestic Violence Training (HB 1354)
During the 2004 legislative session, the General Assembly passed HB 1354 strengthening laws concerning domestic violence. The section of the bill related to domestic violence training for law enforcement officers directs the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission to establish minimum standards to include domestic violence education and training, response to and investigation of domestic violence cases, as well as training in evidence-based prosecution. Included in this legislation are provisions affecting how the Criminal Justice Commission and the Sheriffs’ Commission design and deliver domestic violence training both in BLET and in-service training. With an implementation date of March 1, 2005 set by the General Assembly, the Domestic Violence Curriculum Committee was formed. Committee members were sent a copy of the related Basic Law Enforcement Training lesson plan. They were asked to review the curriculum in advance and to be prepared to present their recommendations. While no additional hours were specified for BLET, the committee did decide that there were two top priorities for updated information: (1) dynamics of domestic violence; and (2) domestic violence law/statute updates. The committee further recommended that four (4) hours of domestic violence training be allocated for in-service training. The North Carolina Justice Academy is presently working on incorporating these changes. As a result of this legislation, and not wanting to add additional hours to the new 24 hour inservice training requirement, the Criminal Justice Commission chose to replace the previous four (4) hour “Department Topic of Choice” with four (4) hours of domestic violence training. Effective January 1, 2005, the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission’s administrative rules require that four (4) hours of in-service training in domestic violence be completed by every certified law enforcement officer within this calendar year as part of the 24 hour in-service training requirement. Please be assured that the Criminal Justice Standards Division stands ready to assist you in any way that we can to facilitate the successful implementation of the above-cited requirements.
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