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What is the North Carolina Justice Academy?

The North Carolina Justice Academy, a training institution, is one of six divisions of the NC Department of Justice under the administration of Attorney General Josh Stein. The Justice Academy is charged with the task of improving the professionalism and effectiveness of criminal justice personnel throughout the state, through training and support.

Where is the Justice Academy Located?

The Justice Academy is located in Salemburg - Sampson County - approximately 25 miles east of Fayetteville, 60 miles south of Raleigh, and 70 miles northwest of Wilmington. The Academy opened a Western Campus in September 1998 in Edneyville - Henderson County. Edneyville is located approximately 25 miles south of Asheville and 7 miles east of Hendersonville. Driving Directions

How many students are trained by the Justice Academy each year?

Justice Academy courses are held both on- and off-campus and also online.  For FY 2013-2014, the Justice Academy trained 7,872 students on-campus 5,735 students off-campus and 7,234 students were trained by other agencies on-campus for a grand total of 20,841 criminal justice personnel impacted by NCJA courses and facilities.

How many staff members are employed at the Justice Academy?

Presently, the Eastern Campus staff totals 81 people while the Western Campus staff totals 23 people.

How large is the Justice Academy's campus?

The Eastern campus covers approximately 100 acres and consists of nineteen classrooms, three dormitories, a cafeteria, a driving track, three firing ranges, a gymnasium, and a learning resource center. Two of the classrooms have computer labs and one is a CSI lab with an adjoining one bedroom apartment for evidence collection. The gymnasium includes a weight room, basketball court, running track, and mat room. The Academy also has its own video production center and a print shop.
The Western Campus covers approximately 23 acres and consists of 5 modern classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, defensive tactics facility, law enforcement operations center classroom (including jail cells and interview/interrogation rooms), computer classroom, distance learning room, media unit, and a dormitory and a new firing range.

What kinds of training courses does the Justice Academy offer?

The Justice Academy offers In-service training courses. While the Academy has overall responsibility for updating Basic Police Training Curriculum, that training occurs at the community colleges and larger law enforcement departments in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is part of the NC Dept of Public Safety and have their own training department. Agencies such as the NC Dept of Correction, Division of Motor Vehicles, NC Parks and Recreation, and NC Division of Forest Resources also use the Justice Academy facilities for training and use their own training staffs. For a list of our courses, go to Courses offered by NCJA.

I have taken Justice Academy Training Courses for many years. Where can I get a list of courses that I have taken?


The Academy Registrar can send you a list of courses. We will need your social security number, date of birth, and your mailing address. Class information cannot be sent by e-mail or the FAX machine. Transcript Request Form

What are the minimum employment standards to qualify for police officer certification in North Carolina?

* Be a citizen of the United States;
* Be at least 20 years of age;
* Be of good moral character as verified through a background investigation;
* Have been fingerprinted and a search made of fingerprint files for any record;
* Not have been convicted by a court of a felony, serious misdemeanor or several less serious misdemeanors;
* Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test;
* Have completed a Commission-accredited Basic Law Enforcement Training course;
* Have been examined and certified by a licensed physician as fit to perform the duties of a police officer;
* Have been interviewed by the department head or his/her representative to determine the applicant's suitability;
* Have produced a negative result on a drug screen administered according to the specifications established by the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

What are the lateral transfer requirements for law enforcement officers from both within North Carolina and out-of-state?

Law enforcement officers may transfer their certification from both within North Carolina and out-of-state. For more details visit the Officer Training and Standards Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice Homepage.

Where can I find information about the North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Professional Certificate Program?

A brochure concerning the program from the NC Department of Justice Criminal Justice Training and Standards Division can be found here.

Where can I find Officer Training and Standards Online Forms?

You can find these forms at Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards and at Sheriff's Education & Training Standards.

Is e-mail and Internet access available to students at the Justice Academy?

Yes, at both campuses in Salemburg and Edneyville, NC.