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Program Overview

The Basic Law Enforcement Training Program is a 739-hour program designed to prepare entry level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills to become certified police officers and deputy sheriffs in the state of North Carolina. We currently schedule three classes a year. A day class is normally scheduled to start in January, a night class in May, and a second day class scheduled in June.

Persons desiring to become sworn law enforcement officers in North Carolina must successfully complete this course in its entirety and pass a state exam. To qualify for admission, an individual must meet the same requirements as those mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Standards/NC Sheriffs' Standards Commission for a sworn law enforcement officer.

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Upon completion of this course and successful completion of the comprehensive State examination, individuals should be able to apply for positions in both State, County, and local law enforcement agencies.

Instructional Format: Face-to-Face instruction will include lecture, lab, discussion, and practical exercises.

BLET Credit:

Students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission will receive credit toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology for the following courses:

  • CJC 111 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJC 113 - Juvenile Justice
  • CJC 131 - Criminal Law
  • CJC 132 - Court Procedure & Evidence
  • CJC 221 - Investigative Principles
  • CJC 231 - Constitutional Law

Students must have successfully passed the Commissions' comprehensive certification examination. Students must have completed Basic Law Enforcement Training since 1985.

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Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

CJC-3938 Basic Law Enforcement Training

Learning Outcomes

BLET students will learn to:

  • Investigate violations of law
  • Provide assistance in request for service
  • Apprehend suspects
  • Execute legal searches and seizures
  • Prepare cases for court presentation
  • Learn the proper applications of civil, criminal, and juvenile law

Program Costs

Item Price
Tuition (waived due to law enforcement sponsorship requirement) $180.00
Books $750.00
Uniforms (purchased through the college) $165.00 - $190.50 (Amount depends on size ordered)
Drug Test $40.00
Insurance $3.00
Ammo Fee $125.00

The following are *required items and the cost approximates each:

Item Price
*Uniform pants: (3 pair, Black) $39.00 - $49.00 (per pair)
*Uniform Shoes: (Black shoes, Black soles) $100.00 - $150.00
*Running Shoes: (No color restriction) $100.00 - $150.00

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Program Facts

man in sheriff's uniform
This profession requires attributes such as integrity, loyalty and honesty. Being a peacekeeper and servant. Willing to maintain physical fitness and mental preparedness. If these describe you, then maybe this is where you will find a joy and passion serving your community.

Gerald LeFevre

BLET Graduate, 2002
BLET Instructor, Subject Control and Physical Fitness

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