Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC) CJC-3941

The North Carolina Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC) is a State accredited program designed to prepare entry level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills to become certified detention officers. The course is comprised of twenty-two separate blocks of instruction. The Sheriff’s Commission mandated course, upon completion, will enable the graduate to be certified to work as a sworn detention officer in the State of North Carolina. This course is governed by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission. The North Carolina State Detention Officer Certification exam will be administered on the last day of training.

Entry Requirements:

Students employed by a Law Enforcement Agency must be given priority admission according to the North Carolina Administrative Code. All other students will be considered in the order in which initial contact with the school was made and criteria met.

To pre-register, all prospective students must submit an application (F-3) and a signed Sponsorship letter to the School Director at REQUIRED DOCC Meeting. Also, all completed medical forms F-1, F-2A, F-2 should be submitted to the School Director by the agency or student. Satisfactory health documented by a physician is mandatory for acceptance into the program.

The following items must be submitted on the first day of class or at required meeting.

  • A copy of high school diploma/GED
  • A certified copy of arrest and driver history record for the past five years. (If sponsoring/employing agency has this information in their files, they must indicate on the Verification of Sponsorship or Employment form)

Next session:


DOCC Orientation: July 7, 2014 at 10:00 hours (Required)
All required paperwork should be submitted during orientation. Uniform orders form will be provided at orientation. (See UNIFORM information below)

Class Operates: 28 July to 27 August 2014
Classes will meet 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Mon-Fri, with some evenings and Saturdays.


(All requirements must be met prior to admission to the program)

  1. Must be a United States Citizen.
  2. Complete a Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC) application for admission and submit it to the Public Safety Training Center indicating the session for which the applicant is applying.
    1. Applicants must at least 20 years of age and age 21 if applying as a Deputy Sheriff.
    2. Along with your application for admission, applicants must also provide:
  3. Provide a certified criminal record check for local and state records for the time period since you became 16 years of age from all locations of residence. An Administrative Office of the Courts criminal record check or a comparable out-of-state criminal record check will satisfy this requirement.
  4. A letter of sponsorship from a North Carolina law enforcement agency signed by the Chief or Sheriff which states that your character is appropriate for the law enforcement profession, and that a background check has been performed (preferably with histories attached), and that no reason was found to deny sponsorship, must be submitted. This letter must be on agency letterhead. NOTE: The sponsor has the right to withdraw sponsorship based on actions of the trainee. (see sample letter)
  5. Medical forms, provided to the applicant, must be completed by a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner and submitted to determine fitness to perform the essential job functions of a law enforcement officer. The physical should not have been performed no more than six-months before the beginning date of the session applied to attend. If attending Detention Officer Certification or Basic Law Enforcement Training, physical must be completed in North Carolina.
  6. Take the COMPASS Examination. The COMPASS exam will be administered during the required DOCC Meeting scheduled prior to the beginning of the training. At that time, a reading comprehension test will be administered. Applicants will then be ordering books and uniforms and payment will be required at that time. Attendance is required.

Any applicant who would not be eligible to be sworn as a detention officer in the State of North Carolina is ineligible to enroll in the DOCC Training.

The DOCC program requires physical activities that can be strenuous in nature. It is advisable to begin an exercise program before beginning DOCC that includes “military type” push-ups, sit-ups, and running/jogging, especially if an exercise routine is not a normal activity.


Only approved uniform type shirts and pants are required for all classroom and practical activities. Only approved outer wear will be allowed during classroom and practical setting. You will be required to purchase two (2) sets of uniform shirts and pants, one (1) fleece jacket approved to wear over uniform shirt, one (1) pair of shorts and t-shirt (worn for physical training) and one (1) safety vest. Additional clothing can also be purchased. The requirement is that trainees present themselves with a neat, clean appearance. Trainee’s who attend any activity relative to DOCC without the appropriate attire may be dismissed from training. The trainee will be required to wear black, rubber soled shoes that can be polished. The trainee will also need to have either running or cross training style sneakers for physical training. All uniforms and physical fitness attire will be ordered on the day of the DOCC Orientation, and will be paid for in advance with cash, credit card, check or a billing letter from an agency. Total uniform cost will be approximately $155.00.


For information regarding application status or specific questions concerning DOCC, contact Matthew Reynolds at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center, 828.306.7046. E-mail:


Orientation Introduction to Rules & Regulations Governing Jails
Criminal Justice System Stress
Legal Aspects of Management & Supervision Investigative Process in the Jail
Contraband Searches Subject Control Techniques
Processing Inmates Aspects of Mental Illness
First Aid & CPR Transportation of Inmates
Medical Care in the Jail Fire Emergencies
Patrol & Security Functions of the Jail Physical Fitness for Detention Officers
Key and Tool Control Communication Skills for Detention Officers
Supervision & Management of Inmates Ethics for Detention Officers
Suicides & Crisis Management Note taking and Report Writing


*Registration Fee $180.00
* fee exempt if sponsored by an agency  
Trainees must provide duty belt, handcuff case and handcuffs with keys.
Handcuffs must be either chained or hinged and common brand.


Detention Officer Certification Course - Student Edition Provided by SCC-PSTC                                          
Student Insurance: (Optional) $15.00

For information regarding application status or specific questions concerning DOCC, contact Matthew Reynolds at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center, 828.306.7046. E-mail: