Detention Officer Certification

This 180 hour Detention Officer Certification Course will present the basic standard operating procedures for local confinement facilities and develop the role and responsibilities of professional detention officers.

Training Topics

  • Supervise inmates providing safety, security, meals, proper sanitation and medical care
  • Respond to medical emergencies within the facility
  • Search incoming and resident prisoners
  • Search a cell block and general areas
  • Apply information of a prisoner’s legal and constitutional rights to administrative operation of the detention facility, composition of disciplinary sanctions, use of force and civil liability to officers
  • Identify and cope with stressful situations
  • Maintain personal and detention facility security
  • Deal effectively with inmates
  • Process incoming prisoners
  • Transport prisoners safely
  • Profile characteristics of a potential suicide
  • Respond to inmates in crisis situations
  • Develop the ability to respond to a physical attack to ensure the safety of officers and inmates
  • Develop and implement emergency plans
  • Properly demonstrate the use of fire equipment

This course employs lecture, discussion, demonstration, and practical exercises.

Admission Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • At least 21 years of age
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Medical examination by a licensed physician
  • Certified criminal history from each county that applicant has resided since the age of 16
  • No felony or major misdemeanor charges

Length of Course

  • Twenty-five days (180 hours)


  • $180.55 (Individuals that have been hired by an NC Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer are fee-waived = $0 tuition)


  • $55 plus tax (subject to change – contact the PCC Bookstore at 252-493-7252)

Application Packet

  • Available at the PCC Law Enforcement Training Facility (2096 Central Park Dr. Winterville, NC)

For more information

Kellie Harrell
Law Enforcement/Detention Coordinator

Download our Law Enforcement Program sheet here.