Isothermal Community College

Applied Sciences and Technologies

Basic Law Enforcement Training

BLET students in outdoor learning environmentAvailable Programs

Certificate is available in this curriculum.

Program Description

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise. This program utilizes State commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction.

Essential Program Outcomes

The following are the “essential program outcomes” that are common to all inexperienced law enforcement officers in North Carolina, as determined by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. The successful applicant law enforcement officer, generally unassisted and at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements. This requires a high level of physical ability to include vision, hearing, speaking, flexibility and strength.

  1. Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  2. Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbol and mathematical computations.
  3. Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  4. Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice, and snow.
  5. Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  6. Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers.
  7. Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations while may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers
  8. Load, unload, aim and fire from a variety of body positions handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  9. Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  10. Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time
  11. Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure
  12. Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes
  13. Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings
  14. Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions
  15. Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment
  16. Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging an carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas
  17. Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints
  18. Put on and operate a gas masks in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed
  19. Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means
  20. Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants
  21. Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions

What are the Admissions Criteria?

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Be a high school graduate (or GED)
  • Be in good physical health
  • Have no serious criminal or traffic violations
  • Obtain sponsorship from an area law enforcement agency
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Take a reading test and score at 10th grade level or higher within 1 year of enrollment

What fields or jobs are available for Basic Law Enforcement Training majors?

  • City Police Officers
  • Deputy Sheriff

Who employs Basic Law Enforcement Training majors?

  • City Police Agencies in North Carolina
  • County Sheriff Agencies in North Carolina

What is the Basic Law Enforcement Training Overview?

  • Isothermal offers two BLET classes each year, beginning in January and August.
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday, with some Friday and Saturday classes.
  • Over 40 state-trained, and state-certified instructors instruct in each BLET.
  • 36 topics make up the BLET program.
  • The BLET consists of 640 training hours.
  • BLET classes meet from 6pm-10pm each evening.
  • BLET is regulated by the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.
  • Following completion of BLET, a state administered exam is given to students leading to state certification as a law enforcement officer.
  • BLET is open to both male and female students.

Where do I find more information?

  • Learning Support and Retention Counselor - 828-395-1436
    • Assess your interest and abilities
  • Applied Sciences Department - 828-395-1441
  • Also, check out related books in the Isothermal library

Exciting, challenging, demanding, rewarding. . . a career that makes a difference!