Law Enforcement Class Descriptions

Not All Classes are Offered Every Semester 

Advanced Criminal Investigation Certificate Program

Advanced Homicide Investigation
This advanced course is designed for officers responding to different types of death and homicide investigations, analyzing evidence found at the crime scene, investigative techniques of interview and interrogation, interpreting wounds, injuries, and legal rights are the emphasis of this course.

Advanced Interview and Interrogation
(Module II of III of the Advanced Criminal Investigation Certificate Program)
This three-day course is designed for the study of various interviewing and interrogation techniques, as well as the legal issues involved.  Classroom instruction will consist of lecture and interaction between instructors and students, utilizing case studies and various multi-media formats (24 hours).

Advanced Physical Surveillance
This 45 hour advanced course is designed to equip law enforcement officers who have participated in a Basic Physical Surveillance Course or who have a good working knowledge of conducting surveillance. This training is 90% field exercises and will focus on counter-surveillance techniques utilized by gangs, drug traffickers and suspected terrorists. It will serve as a means to hone basic skills; learn and practice advanced techniques. Law enforcement officers will learn the best practices and pitfalls of surveying groups and individuals that employ counter-surveillance measures.

Advanced Psychopathology for Cops
This training is intended for all levels of law enforcement personnel.  Police often find themselves frustrated and perplexed with certain, specific individuals who present with a "mask of sanity", in that while appearing normal are in fact mentally ill and often quite dangerous.  This training is designed with specific focus on the eleven different personality disorders, and the emerging science around psychopaths and sociopaths. We will demystify these individuals and give participants a virtual tool kit to better navigate and troubleshoot these situations.

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
This course is designed to train law enforcement officers to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities.

Advanced Search and Seizure
This class is a combined multi-media presentation and interactive workshop involving the use of real-life case studies, film, and television as examples to aid in the understanding of how to apply the Fourth Amendment to both basic and highly complex fact patterns. Designed to serve as a thorough tutorial for all law enforcement personnel, students will learn the legal standards and practical considerations associated with dozens of forms of searches.

Advanced Traffic Crash Investigations
This is a more advanced course than the Basic Traffic Crash Investigations. The course is designed to familiarize the student with more levels and techniques of traffic crash and crash causation. Students must have successfully Prerequisite - Successful completion of the Basic Traffic Crash Investigations course.

Basic at Scene Traffic Crash Investigations
This basic course is designed to train participants to locate, identify and evaluate evidence most commonly found at the scene of traffic crashes.

Basic Civil Processing
This course is designed to present students with current information regarding the different facets of civil process and its function in the 21st century.

Basic Homicide Investigation
This course is designed for officers responding to a homicide scene, documenting the investigation, applying investigative techniques, processing and developing investigative information.

Basic Peer and Crisis Support
This is a 2- day certification course for the student who wants to learn how to develop colleagues, peers, family members etc. by learning the fundamentals of listening, assessing and addressing individuals in stress.

Basic Street Gang Investigations
This three day course is designed to provide basic entry-level training on gang investigations for officers newly assigned to work with street gangs and for officers who may have limited experience and little formal training in street gang investigations.

Basic Undercover Officer School
This course focuses on the basic techniques of performing and planning undercover operations. The course is primarily intended for individuals with minimal or no experience working in an undercover capacity. Students will learn critical issues of working undercover to include techniques, undercover identity, and types of undercover and planning.

Body Language & Deception in High Risk Environments
This three-day training is designed to give the student an overall understanding of body language, personality differences, and deception.  The class combines lecture, video presentations, and exercises into a well-rounded understanding of the subject.  The student will also learn how to anticipate violent encounters before common signs of violence occur.  This class will also focus on articulating observations in reports and making them court defensible,

Burden of Command for LE Leaders
This Course is designed to provide supervisors and managers with necessary tools for enhancing the performance of the work unit. The Course examines five critical areas that relate to one’s ability to be both a leader and manager.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction
This course is designed to give the students a basic knowledge of how the trucking/transportation industry operates and provide them with the knowledge and confidence necessary to identify, apprehend and successfully prosecute those that exploit the industry for criminal gain.  It is a high speed, hands on course that will expose students to the numerous types of criminal enterprises that seek refuge within the commercial motor vehicle industry.

Comprehensive Roadside Interdiction
This course is designed for officers who conduct traffic stops and vehicle criminal interdiction. Course topics include effective vehicle search, concealment locations, search and seizure case law review, counterfeit goods, criminal indicators, and post arrest considerations. The class will utilize numerous vehicles and culminate in a final large scale practical exercise.

Conflict Resolution for Crisis Negotiations
This course will cover various topics surrounding the state of art crisis/hostage negotiation. There will be practical exercises to improve active listening skills, scenarios to develop assessment and decision making support of incident command, case study discussion and analysis drawn from past cases in the student's department.

Contemporary Intersecting Legal
This class is designed to update the participant to better understand current legal approaches to dealing with those potentially difficult traffic stop/contact concerns. The class will provide the attendee the legal justification to make proper decisions when dealing with difficult drivers, passengers or contacts in a law enforcement situation.

Court and Testifying
(Module III of III of the Advanced Criminal Investigation Certificate Program)

This four-day course is designed for the study of testifying in court.  Practical exercises will be conducted in a mock courtroom where students will have an opportunity to testify in front of a mock jury and experience being cross-examined.

Crime Scene Lab & Techniques
(Module I of III of the Advanced Criminal Investigation Certificate Program)

This three-day course is designed for the study of responding to a crime scene, collecting and preserving evidence and the science behind analyzing evidence. Classroom instruction will consist of lecture and interaction between instructors and students utilizing various multi-media formats. Hands on training will be conducted both indoor and outdoor field environments.

Criminal Gypsy Traveler & the Elderly
The course is designed to educate Law Enforcement on criminal activities of the five (5) basic groups of gypsies and travelers. There is a substantial increase of gypsies and travelers activity in North and South Carolina.

Crisis Communications for Public Safety Leaders
This course focuses on the six principles of crisis communication and the crisis communication life cycle.  Students will be exposed to common failures with crisis communication and methods to prevent these failures from occurring.

Developing and Using Informants
The purpose of this course is to teach the student the full scope of using informants. Students will learn the various types of informants and their motivations, how to document and the legal issues surrounding the use of informants.

Documenting Force
This course is designed to teach officers when using force to control offender resistance, a report is generated to evaluate the performance and decision making that took place for the use of force.  This course will present strategies that will help officers avoid unnecessary internal and external scrutiny.

Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups
This one-day training will provide North Carolina law enforcement officers with an introductory overview of numerous domestic terror groups and criminally subversive subcultures which are encountered by law enforcement professionals on a daily basis. The course will provide a definition of violent extremism and focus on individuals and groups that attempt to advance social or political beliefs through force or violence and in violation of state or federal law. Topics covered will include Antifa, white supremacists, white nationalists, black identity extremists, animal rights and eco-terrorists, anti-government and other radical separatists groups. The use of social media as it relates to direct action protest activity will also be covered.

Domestic Violence and other Protective Orders
This course is designed to present the legal requirements and issues involved in the enforcement of domestic violence and other protective orders.

Drug Investigator Training School
This course is designed for new drug officers or officers aspiring to be transferred to a drug task force. The course will give students a comprehension of how investigations begin, develop and culminate in a successful prosecution.

Emerging Trends in Terrorism
This course is designed to provide information pertaining to domestic and foreign terror organizations that present a significant, legitimate ability to conduct terror operations in the United States.

Emotional Survival
This is an integrated course being offered to all first responders to include, LEO, Firefighters, EMT/Paramedics, and Department of Public Safety. This course is designed to assist first responders by the development of behavioral strategies to inoculate against loss of idealism and inappropriate behavior patterns.  The course will review the short and long-term effects on first responders on both the personal and professional aspects of their lives.

Fair & Impartial Policing for Line Officers & Supervisors
This course is designed to give officers a new way of thinking about the issue of biased policing. The "fair and impartial policing perspective is based on the science of bias, which tells us that biased policing is not as some contend, due to widespread racism in policing. The training element of this comprehensive program is critical for changing the way we think about biased policing in this country and preventing its occurrence.

Females in Leadership Roles
This course is designed to teach female officers effective types of leadership, how to break through the glass ceiling, ways to orchestrate change and the pitfalls of new leadership. You’ll learn how to plan for challenges, 10 things not to do, and about conflict resolutions with female leaders and male subordinates.

First Line Supervision
This course is designed to prepare first line supervisors for the ethical leadership competences to thrive and survive in the 21st century. This course will give students an opportunity to bill from the servant/transformable leadership basics and how to improve retention and performance in today's public safety professions.

Hostage Crisis/Negotiations
This course is designed to train officers how understand the premise of crisis negotiation, recognize elements of successful negotiation, how to apply common crisis negotiation terms, recognize the value of effective communication in crisis negotiation, learn how to establish command and control during a crisis incident, recognize phases of crisis negotiation and recognize circumstances conducive to successful crisis negotiation.

Hotel and Motel Interdiction
This course is designed to teach students how to be better prepared to conduct proper investigations when dealing with issues surrounding hotel/motel possible illegal activities.

Intermediate Homicide Investigation
This course is designed for officers responding to different types of death and homicide investigations, analyzing evidence found at the crime scene, investigative techniques of interview and interrogation, interpreting wounds, injuries, and legal rights.

Introduction to Impaired Drugged Driving
This course introduces students to drug impaired driving issues. The student will be able to recognize a drug impaired driver and take appropriate action during a traffic stop or crash investigation. The student will be able to define the working definition of "DRUG" as it relates to traffic safety. The student will be introduced to the seven drug categories according to the NC Drug Matrix. At the end of this class, an SFST refresher will be completed. This class should be taken prior to ARIDE and after Basic SFST.
Note: This class will not qualify the student as a Drug Recognition Expert.

K9 Legal Update
This course is designed to be presented to the sworn law enforcement officer to review and discuss new laws and court decisions which will affect law enforcement K-9 Officers statewide. Successful completion of this course will provide a basis for the knowledge of all new or recent court decisions as well as new legislative actions involving changes within the areas of the Laws of Search and Seizure and the North Carolina General Statutes.

Krava Maga Tactics for LE
This course is designed to teach law enforcement officers to perform the force tactical curriculum established by the Fit to Fight Force Tactical Group. Students will be performing handgun takeaways and retention under threatening situations.

Landlord Tenant and Other Issues for LE
This class will present cases and recommended procedures that govern occupancy, tenancy, residency and the landlord/tenant relationship in the areas of eviction and property possession from an intervention, investigative, search, and criminal prospective.

Law Enforcement Communication Skills in Modern Society: An analysis of bias/stereo types in police reform
This course is designed to teach the modern officer how to be able to verbally communicate more creatively and effectively with more diverse populations. Course will enhance officer’s communications skills, cultural awareness, and conflict deescalation. The goal is to train the law enforcement community how to begin redefining its role in modern society.

LE Leadership Coaching for Supervisors
This course is designed to provide reality-based principles and strategies for supervisors – including corporals, sergeants, lieutenants, and seasoned supervisors who want to make a difference by encouraging and inspiring officers to achieve personal and organizational goals.

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA)
This program provides information on the history and policy relating to the LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted) Program. Also provided are in-depth analysis of two studies concluded in 1992 and 1997; “Killed in the Line of Duty” and "In the Line of Fire." The objectives of these studies were to identify elements in each situation which led to the ultimate felonious deaths and serious injuries of law enforcement officers. Demographic and behavioral descriptors for the victim officers and the offenders were developed and will be presented. The findings and resulting safety training concerns will also be presented.

LE Officer Wellness, Safety & Resiliency
This class will present a reality-based training model and provide the students with a first-hand look at Law Enforcement Stress, Trauma, PTSD and Suicide.

LE Retirement - Crossing the Finish Line
This course is designed for the student to develop an understanding of the North Carolina Retirement System for LE Officers regardless of their years of service. Officers will be able to understand information about pension benefits, NC 401K, special separation allowances and many other aspects of the retirement system after a career of full-time sworn service.

Leadership & Coaching for Supervisors
This class provides reality-based principles and strategies for supervisors – including sergeants, lieutenants, and seasoned supervisors who want to make a difference by encouraging and inspiring line officers to achieve personal and organizational goals.

LEBA Mountain Bike
This is a Class A certification course which requires 40 hrs. of mountain bike training consisting of lecture, riding, bicycling laws, crime prevention etc. Student should successfully pass a written and practical examination on these areas.

LIDAR Operator
The LIDAR Operator Course is a State Certification Course. Officers will receive classroom and practical instruction on the use of LIDAR equipment. Officers will be required to participate in practical exercises utilizing the LIDAR equipment. Upon successful completion of the course Officers will receive an operator certification from the State allowing them to operate LIDAR instruments in North Carolina.

Linking Human Diversity Training and Officer Safety
This course is designed to provide a reality-based model and offer strategies for improving workforce diversity, community relations, and officer safety. This course was designed by a human relations specialist, life strategies coach, communications expert and crisis management experts.

Managing Media in Law Enforcement
The course provides participants with practical experience and strategies in how to effectively communicate on-camera, develop messaging /organization branding and managing the media.  The training includes relevant and timely subject matter given the current climate in the country involving police-media relations. It will exposes police commanders and executives to the elements necessary to be effective communicators.

Mid-Level Management
This course is designed for students to acquire additional skills and knowledge to enhance their supervision style. In addition, this course will present a broad perspective on the various tools needed to be an effective superior and this will be accomplished through lecture and discussions.

Officer Ambush Assault
This course is designed to teach students about the element of surprise, concealment of the assailant will review definitions, classifications, court cases and types of ambush attacks.

Oral Boards for Promotion
This course is designed to familiarize and prepare officers for the promotional process and the various assessments associated with the process.

Police Ethics & Imperatives for Success in the 21st Century
The Police Ethics course is designed to provide law enforcement professionals with an introspective look at ethical dilemmas that occur within their agencies and provides solutions that promote organizational thought, personal integrity, and self-awareness. It introduces concepts first presented by the National Institute for Ethics. Students will be introduced to 10 imperatives that are relevant to circumstances faced by law enforcement professionals and if followed will set the foundation for an officer to develop into one who is trusted based on integrity, mentorship, credibility and authentic leadership.

Police Law Institute
This 72-hour course is designed to provide the skills necessary to conduct enforcement activities associated with search warrants, arrests, detention, warrantless searches, interviews, eyewitness identifications and nontestimonial identification orders and to avoid liability while conducting such activities.

Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification
This is a certification course to teach officers how to respond to an active shooter situation.

Principles of Police Supervision
Officers will acquire additional skills and knowledge to enhance their supervision style.  This will give the officers a broad perspective of various tools needed to be an effective supervisor.

Proactive State/Federal Investigations
This class is an introduction to the tools and methods available to employ investigators working proactive cases with an emphasis on narcotics and vice investigations.  This course will provide the students with an overview of how to plan and steer an investigation from the moment of identifying the targets all the way through the process of litigation and conviction.

Professional Trauma
This course is designed to prevent, identify and/or how to treat the effects of professional trauma for LE, Department of Public Safety, EMS and Firefighters.

Public Safety Leadership Institute
This is 50 hour integrated course is FREE for Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMT, Paramedics, and Department of Public Safety Officers. The course is designed to prepare and/or enhance current leadership styles, behaviors, and challenges that occur frequently in public safety professions. This course requires students to attend once weekly, every Thursday (0900-1200) at the Merancas Campus, in Huntersville, North Carolina. This course offers classroom interaction/activities and other essential course material. The institute consists of these topics and others: Self-Assessment, Layers of Leadership, Goal-Setting for Leaders, Conflict Resolution, Coaching Techniques, 21st Century Policing, Communication etc.

Public Safety Leadership ONLINE Certificate (30 Hours)
This online course is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and tools that will enable them to accept or enhance their role as a public safety leader and professional. This class is a continuation of the seated Public Safety Leadership Institute.

RADAR-LIDAR Recertification
The RADAR-LIDAR Recertification Course is a State Certification Course.  Officers will receive classroom instruction on the use of RADAR-LIDAR equipment and will be required to participate in practical exercises utilizing RADAR-LIDAR accessories. Upon course completion officers will receive a RADAR, LIDAR, or both certifications from the State allowing them to operate RADAR-LIDAR in North Carolina.

Radar Operator Certification
The RADAR Operator Course is a State Certification Course. Officers will receive classroom instruction on the use of RADAR and will be required to participate in practical exercises utilizing RADAR equipment. Upon course completion, officers will receive a RADAR Certification from the state allowing them to operate RADAR in North Carolina.

Roadside Interview Techniques
This two-day course will examine the roadside interview process to include questioning for quality information, accessing verbal, vocal and non-verbal behavior, and gaining compliance as they apply to the roadside interviews.

Rural Surveillance
This training is designed for the participant to obtain unique and specialized training to achieve the ability to conduct a rural/woodland operation and learn the art of invisibility in that environment.  Course topics include:  Operational Planning, Camouflage Techniques, Prior Intelligence of Target Assessment, Safety Issues, Infiltration and Exfiltration Techniques, Hide Site Construction, Equipment Needs, and Surveillance Strategies.  This is a hands-on training experience conducted under arduous conditions. Participants should possess a working knowledge of video equipment.
Recommended Equipment:  Binoculars, camouflage clothing, ghillie hat, camouflage netting, field knife, camel back for water, ruck sack for equipment, video camera, digital or tape recorder, communication equipment (portable radio and cell phone), camo facial paint, plastic bags for waterproofing, small military shovel, duty and tactical weapons.

Search Warrant Mechanics
This course is open to sworn law enforcement only and is designed to give the student a fundamental understanding of the development of a search warrant. Great course for Patrol Officers or Detectives who have a desire to become more comfortable with knowing when a search warrant is required, what is needed to obtain a search warrant and what language needs to be included.  Students will also receive exposure to additional investigative techniques including non-testimonial orders and social media investigations.

Self Defense Survival Tactics for Female Officers
This course will cover the execution of proper fundamentals for survival to include different types of stance, movement, blocks, covers, and target areas of the body; various personal body techniques will be demonstrated as they apply to self-defense when dealing with a subject. The officer will learn to use fundamentals through explanation, demonstration, imitation, and practice (EDIP).

Serving in 21st Century
To provide current and prospective members of law enforcement with a greater understanding of differences - including cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, orientation, physical and mental - that exist among the populations of people whom they serve. These differences are being highlighted in order to provide law enforcement with greater ability to serve their communities in a most efficient, proactive and preemptive manner.

Sexual Assault/Human Trafficking Training for Patrol Officers from Beginning to End
This course is designed to familiarize first responders with the protocol for basic procedures and community resources involving incidents of sexual assault and human trafficking.

Simple Guide to Street Drugs
This class will discuss the categories of street drugs and the individual drugs that fall into each category. The course will address how each drug affects a person will be reviewed as well as how each drug can be represented out in the field, whether it be the type of packaging or whether it is contained in paraphernalia.

Social Media Research/Cyber Crime Investigations
This two-day course is designed to take the student into the world of social media research and investigations in a safe, inconspicuous manner using an abundance of social media resources that are widely used and considered as sources of information by most clients.

SRO Response to Active Shooter
This course will address many facets of school active shooter response. The active shooter history will be discussed, including the constant modification of active shooter attacks based on research the shooter(s) conducted.  This training will also include research of the active shooter "stopwatch of death", emphasizing the seriousness of rapid response.

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
This course is designed for law enforcement managers and focuses on techniques and strategies utilized in detecting impaired drivers and establishing evidence necessary for successful prosecution. Standardized methods of field sobriety testing are introduced and the student is taught techniques of horizontal gaze nystagmus in establishing evidence of impairment. Lecture, demonstration and practical exercises are methods of instruction used.  Controlled drinking exercises are an important part of the training, therefore, multiple instructors are essential due to the increased liability.

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Refresher
This course is designed to update the standardized field sobriety tests and certify officers in DWI detection and enforcement.  This course satisfies the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandatory 2-year SFST Refresher.

Subject Control and Arrest Techniques for LE
The purpose of the course is to present basic, practical, and effective arrest techniques and subject control methods for combative/resisting behavior encountered in the law enforcement profession.

Tactical Mantracking Course
Attire: BDU type clothing
Footwear: should be a tactical or sport tread pattern
Bring: Notebook and pen or pencil, pocket note pad and pencil, tape measure, compass,
LBE, ruck sack or pack, hydration system, head gear preferably boonie style, eye protection, rain gear, tactical  gloves optional but recommended, any additional duty gear used in actual operations.

Tactical Survival Techniques for LE
This course address survival techniques that deal with awareness/threat recognition, deadly force, aftermath, off duty issues, cover and concealment, threats from within, spotting hidden weapons, autos and ammo, medical response and how to improve your chances of surviving a lethal attack.

Traffic Crash Reconstruction
This course is designed to further enable law enforcement professionals who has successfully completed the Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation Course. Students will enhance their traffic investigation abilities with the knowledge and practical exercises from this course.

Using Laser Technology
This course is designed to provide training that will enable class participants to proficiently measure crash-crime scenes using technologically advanced equipment

Verbal Defense & Influence
This training is designed to prepare professionals for managing “real world” situations that will contain harsh words, racial slurs, and profanity in potentially violent situations. Therefore, harsh words and profanity may be shown in videos and used in demonstrations.