Officers and civilian employees of the police department receive outstanding and vital training courses through the Office of Professional Standards Training Unit. These training hours include everything from web-based courses on how to respond to critical incidents and legal updates to specialized firearms and OSHA training.
The Training Unit Coordinator is responsible for developing and assigning training, as well as maintaining lesson plans, critique forms and other training records. The New Bern Police Department maintains a strong relationship with outside sources of education and training expertise such as Craven Community College and the North Carolina Justice Academy. The Training Unit acts as a liaison with these organizations and oversees employees who undertake external degrees and independent study programs.
Sworn police officers and many other positions within the department require many different certifications and training qualifications. The Training Unit administers the Career Development plan for compliance with the North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards Commission. The Office of Professional Standards also works each year to develop new training classes, recently adding a Weapons Retention and Disarming course to educate officers on how to protect themselves while working on the street.
For additional information on the New Bern Police Department Training Unit, contact Sgt. Robert Holton at (252)672-4289.