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Detention Officer Certification

This 188 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.

Course Requirements

  • Attendance is required at all class sessions
  • The student must score a minimum of 70% on written tests and/or practical exercises for each block and score a minimum of 70% on the final Commission-administered written exam
  • Special Concerns Uniforms are required for class unless otherwise stated
  • Students must also have proper gym clothes for physical assessment, physical training, and subject control techniques
  • Some evening sessions may be required

Length of Course

  • Twenty-five days (188 hours)


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


  • $70 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 Mozingo
Law Enforcement/Detention Coordinator