Law Enforcement In-Service Training

Welcome to the A-B Tech Law Enforcement Training page. We also list the dates and times for yearly Mandatory In-Service Training. A-B Tech offers both the online format and the face to face instructional format for in-service training.

Classes have been updated for 2021

Listed below are upcoming Law Enforcement Training classes that will be offered through A-B Tech. All of our instructors for these courses have extensive expertise and years of service in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields. If you have any questions, please contact us as indicated below.

A-B Tech Law Enforcement Training Staff

Marty McNeely - Law Enforcement Training Director

Jeff Augram - Law Enforcement Training Coordinator

Kevin Pressley - Law Enforcement Training Coordinator

To all Law Enforcement Agencies: If there are any training needs we are not meeting, please contact us to see if it can be brought to our Training Center.

To complete or or print out registration form go to 2020 Law Enforcement Training Continuing Education Data Form.

Once complete and signed, please scan and forward by e-mail to or to

Please Note: We no longer have fax capabilities at the Law Enforcement Training Center.

Classes Offered for 2021

Class Length: 40 hours over 5 days.

Course overview:

  1. Develop understanding of NC laws pertaining to emergency and non-emergency vehicle operation.
  2. Demonstrate vehicle control during at-speed maneuvers involving braking, backing, and cornering.
  3. Demonstrate precision vehicle operation during low speed maneuvers.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to operate a vehicle during pursuit driving.


Fees: There is a fee of $50 per student for the use of A-B Tech’s Academy vehicles. An agency may option out of this fee by providing their own vehicle for using during the class.

Upcoming Classes:

November 2021: 1-3 and 5-6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will be no class on Thursday the 4th.  

March 2022: 7 -11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions about the class:

Sgt. Dustan Auldredge

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office


James Pressley

The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program was developed by NHTSA and was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation Classification (DEC) Program.

September 27 - 28, 2021

The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while the DEC Program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected drug impairment. The SFST assessment is typically employed at the roadside, while an officer trained as a drug recognition expert (DRE) through the DEC Program conducts a drug evaluation in a more controlled environment such as a detention facility.

ARIDE is a 16-hour program intended to bridge the gap between these two programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and promoting the use of DREs in states that have the DEC Program. One of the most significant aspects of ARIDE is its review and required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirements. The ARIDE program also stresses the importance of securing the most appropriate biological sample in order to identify substances likely causing impairment.

These classes have a top capacity of 12 so please register soon.

What Is CIT?

  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is a program for community policing that brings together law enforcement and mental health providers to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs improve communication and identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need.

What Does CIT Training Entail?

  • CIT programs provide officers with 40-hours of training that includes instruction from mental health professionals and experienced officers in our community; Verbal de-escalation skills; and Scenario-based training on responding to crises.

What are the Benefits of CIT?

  • CIT provides officers with more tools to do their job effectively and can improve officer safety. It is designed to help keep people with mental illness out of jail and hopefully expose them to treatment options.

2021 Dates

Sept. 13-17

Oct. 25-29

Dec. 6-10

Location: A-B Tech Woodfin at the Buncombe County Training Center Room. We are located next to Craggy Prison

24 Canoe Lane in Asheville, NC 28804

To register for this class, complete the Data and Registration Form linked at the top of this page and forward it as indicated. Please note that we no longer have fax capabilities.

This course exceeds the state-mandated 174-hours and upon successful completion, the student will be eligible to be certified as a detention officer in North Carolina.

All classes must be completed in the 3-week time period

The following classes are covered in the online course.

All certified Detention Officers in the state of North Carolina are required to complete 12-hours of mandatory In-Service Training. This online course will provide you with the 12-hours required, and the 8 credits/hours of the Topics of Choice. You will need to speak with your agency Training Director to see if it meets your department's needs.

To register, please contact Sgt. Mike Murphy at

August 9 through 13, 2021

Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 239.

The goal of this 40-hour block is to provide the student with a deeper understanding of their role as a first-line supervisor and the expectations of different groups of people they interact with on a daily basis. Topics covered: Management Tasks, Community-Oriented Policing, and Problem Solving, Performance Appraisals, Coaching and Mentoring, Discipline, Supervision of Difficult Employees, and Tactical Operations.

Captain Rusty Sweezy will be the lead instructor.

The following classes will be offered at our Training Center located at 24 Canoe Lane in Asheville, NC 28804. Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 202/203. Please check the overhead monitors in the main lobby for any classroom assignment changes.

  • Intox EC/IR II Operator School from September 20 - 24, 2021
  • Intox EC/IR II one-day Recertification classes will be held  Sept. 14 - 17, 2021 and Nov. 15 - 19.


Dan Cutler from the NC Department Health and Human Services is the lead instructor.

To register for this class, please go to the NCJA Training Portal

To enroll for this online (Moodle) training, please use the registration form at the top of the page and email it to Chief Bissinger at

Classes for 2021 start dates:

  • March 1
  • March 6
  • March 11
  • March 16
  • March 21
  • March 31
  • April 7
  • April 8
  • April 13
  • April 19
  • April 25
  • May 1
  • May
  • May 5
  • May 11
  • May 17
  • May 22
  • May 30
  • June 2
  • June 19
  • June 30
  • July 11
  • July 27
  • August 24
  • September 5
  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 8
  • November 28
  • December 10

Registration for these classes must be received 2-weeks prior to the start of the class. If the class you request is full you will be moved to the next available class.

All classes must be completed in the 4-week time period.

Total of 28-hours of training for 2021

All classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Important Notice - All three days and all blocks of instruction must be successfully completed in their entirety to receive credit. To enroll in this classroom training, please use the registration form at the top of the page and email it to Jeff Augram at

  • April 12, 13, and 14, 2021
  • July 27, 28, and 29, 2021
  • December 7, 8, and 9, 2021

2021 Mandatory in-service topics will be presented as follows:

Day 1 (10 hours)

  • 0800-1200 Legal Update
  • 1300-1700 School Safety & Responding to School Incidents
  • 1700-1900 Hemp Industry: Overview & Officer Roles

Day 2 (10 hours)

  • 0800-1200 Officer Awareness: Responding to Victims of Trauma
  • 1300-1500 Hazardous Materials
  • 1500-1900 2021 Patrol Vehicle Operations

Day 3 (8 hours)

  • 0800-1200 2021 Firearms Classroom
  • 1300-1500 Physical & Mental Awareness: Building & Implementing a Plan for Improvement
  • 1500-1700 Continue to Make a Difference: Positive Engagement Stories & Studies

Total: 28 hours

These classes are being held at the Buncombe County Training Center 24 Canoe Lane Asheville NC 28804.

These course offerings cover the Mandatory In-Service Training for 2021. Twenty-eight hours of credit will only be given to the students who successfully complete all three days.

October 4 through 8, 2021

Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 239.

This course is the 40-hour NCJA Field Training Officer and is for law enforcement officers who are or will be assigned to provide field training to new officers. This course will provide the technical and personal skills to individuals in order for them to function as evaluators and trainers of recruits who have completed BLET, DOCC, or new hires in Communications.

Sgt Dustan Auldredge with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office will be the lead instructor.

20th through 22nd - Basic Radar Operator
23rd - State Written Examination

15th - Basic Lidar Operator (must possess a valid and current Radar Operator Certification)
16th - Radar/Lidar Recertification
17th - State Written Examination

These classes begin at 8 a.m. each day.

This course is for currently certified radar, lidar, or radar/vascar operators who need to re-certify. Officers should bring their radar course notebooks and practice their clocks prior to class.

Provide for practice and testing a vehicle and the radar in which the trainee seeks re-certification.

Special Requirements: Study and practice prior to class.

Importance Notice - Effective immediately, all pre-registrations must be accompanied by a copy of the officer's current SMI Certificate or one that falls within the 12-month grace period.

Location: Public Safety Training Center, 24 Canoe Lane, Woodfin, NC 28804.

To Register for Radar/Lidar/SMI courses, please contact Jeff Augram at


Hosted by: the Asheville Police Department

For local information regarding the training venue or hotel accommodations for this training opportunity.

Please contact Lt. Chuck Sams of the Asheville Police Department

Seminar registration is open to all law enforcement – sworn and professional civilian staff.

Lead Instructor: Officer Hunter Welborn

Hunter Welborn is an officer with the Asheville Police Department and was assigned to the joint Asheville City/ Buncombe County DWI Task Force. Hunter takes DWI offenses very seriously and is committed to providing the best training possible to officers of North Carolina. Our 2017 In-service training tells us that officers testifying about SFST tests performed in the field must be court-certified as experts before testimony will be allowed about any SFST test performed. Hunter will have an array of assist instructors with extensive experience in SFST performance and DWI enforcement.

April 26 - 29, 2021

The first day of class will start at 8 a.m. and the remainder of the class schedule will be given by the instructor on that day.

These refresher classes will be in 4-hour blocks from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.

June 21, 2021

To register for these classes, complete the Data and Registration Form linked at the top of this page and forward as indicated. These classes have a top capacity of 25 so get registered soon.

This class introduces the officer to the proper use and aftercare of the M26 and X26 Taser. The course will examine the history of Taser use and proper application and each officer will be introduced to the effects of being Tased and have the opportunity to fire a Taser during this training.
Date: TBA

Buncombe County Training Center, 20 Canoe Lane, Woodfin, NC 28804

The class starts at 8 a.m. on the first day.

8:30 a.m. - varies (most days will end at 5:30 p.m. at least one day will last till 6:30 p.m.)

The class will be held at Buncombe County Training Center, 24 Canoe Ln, Room 230, Asheville, NC.

To register for this and any other Telecommunications classes contact

Telecommunicator Online In-Service Training Dates TBA

To register for these and any other classes contact

All classes must be completed in the 3-week time period

The following classes are covered in the online course:

Total: 18 credits/hours

All certified Telecommunicators in the state of North Carolina are required to complete 16-hours of mandatory In-Service Training. This online course will provide you with the 12 required topic hours, and 6 additional credits/hours from the topics of choice. You will need to speak with your agency's Training Director to see if it meets your department's needs.

Classes Offered for 2022

Does your organization have anyone factory certified? In today’s world of liability, problems are everywhere. You have to validate all aspects of your training coverage. Because of recent court cases, agencies are required to train their personnel as close to reality as possible. Nothing comes as close as training against a real person that has the ability to replicate an actual lethal force encounter, just like we may encounter any day on the street.

The class is designed to provide training to instructors who will run training in your perspective department. The class covers all aspects of reality-based training and provides product information, program development, scenario design and implementation, instructor development and procedures to run training safely. Officers/Agents/Operators are injured enough on the street; they should not be injured in training.

Officers/Agents/Operators can obtain additional information and register for the class on the web: Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. Officers/Agents/Operators will receive a confirmation letter along with an equipment list.

Buncombe County Training Center 20 Canoe Lane
Woodfin, NC 28805

March 22-24, 2022

Class start 8 a.m.

Course tuition: Law Enforcement, $620  Military, $495  Re-certification, $320

SIMUNITION® will provide pistol conversion kits as well as  associated equipment. SIMUNITION® will also provide basic protective equipment, all training ammunition as well as training aids such as training impact weapons and inert chemical agents. If you choose to bring your own converted weapon(s) please see your instructor before the course starts.


For further information regarding the course please feel free to contact Simunition® at 800-465-8255. To register for the course please visit

Host Agency information may be obtained from:

Sgt. Dustan Auldredge at 828-337-7428 - email


To Register or inquire about any of these in-service courses contact:

Kevin Pressley

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Jeff Augram

These courses are restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel and there is no cost - unless noted.