About Police Training

Sergeant Aaron Best



Sgt. Aaron best is originally from Faison, North Carolina. He was hired by the North Myrtle Beach Dept. of Public Safety as a Public Safety Officer in 2004. He transferred to the training division in 2011. Sgt. Best was promoted to Training Sgt. in April 2015.

PFC. Justin Baker



Officer Baker is a graduate of North Carolina State University. He was hired by North Myrtle Beach Dept. of Public Safety as a Public Safety Officer in 2013. He was transferred to the training division in 2016. Officer Baker is the Pre-Service Coordinator and Police Training Officer Program Coordinator.

The Police Training Unit provides quality training to the department’s Uniform Patrol.

New Recruits

All new recruits are required to take a 12 week Basic Academy courses. In addition, new recruits take a 16 week Police Training Officer program.

The PTO Program is a post-graduation training. It is a Community organized problem-solving approach used for the post-graduation training.

Training and Certification

All Uniform Patrol officers are trained as either a Class I or Class III Limited Duty officer.

Class I officers are required by Academy standards to have 40 hours or training between a 3 year period. This includes…

  • 18 hours of Core Training divided as…
    • 6 hours of required Legal Updates (2 a year)
    • 12 hours of required Domestic Violence training (4 a year)
  • 22 hours of In-Service training, taught by an Academy approved instructor and approved lesson plans.

The 22 hour in-service training includes yearly training sessions in…

  • Defense Tactics Training
  • Firearms Range Training
  • Active Shooter Training
  • Ethics Training
  • Taser Training
  • Defensive Driving Training

In addition, the Police Training Department is the liaison between our officers and training agencies.

Police Training Center

The Department of Public Safety houses a training room for lessons and use the shooting range out in Conway.