North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Criminal Investigation Through Traffic Law Enforcement

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course.

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement officers with patrol or traffic enforcement responsibilities.

Course Goals:

To be able to recognize indicators of criminal activity while performing your daily patrol and traffic enforcement duties.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this block of instruction, the student will be able to achieve the following objectives in accordance with the information received in class:
1.  Discuss at least ten (10) indicators of criminal activity.
2.  Define the term commercial motor vehicle and list at least four (4) indicators of possible criminal activity.
3.  List the six (6) survival commandments used when conducting traffic stops and vehicle searches.
4.  Discuss various methods of detecting truthful and deceptive behavior.
5.  Describe the classification of drugs based on the North Carolina General Statutes and apply appropriately.
6.  Given a suspected controlled substance and reference manual, demonstrate the process used to identify the substance.


 This course employs lecture and discussion.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions.  A minimum score of at least 80% must be achieved on the written final exam.

Special Concerns:

Class starts at 8:30am on the first day of class.


Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) on our  North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.



Course Coordinator:

Terry D. Miller

Length of Course:

24 hours - effective 1/1/18

TEICP Credit

CICP Credit

Limit 2 students per department.