Isothermal Community College

Continuing Education

Basic Law Enforcement Training

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The Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLET) taught at Isothermal Community College is a 640-hour program that prepares students to become certified law enforcement officers. With a staff of more than 40 instructors, the BLET includes 33 topics that cover virtually every basic task that an inexperienced officer should know.

The BLET meets from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday evenings, with some Friday and Saturday training included. The program lasts approximately eight months. Students in BLET are exposed to a broad array of training including both classroom lecture, and hands-on skill training (driver training, firearms, etc.) The BLET program is regulated by the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission. As such, the BLET must meet the highest standards as it trains each class of future law enforcement officers. Exciting, challenging, demanding, and rewarding, the BLET program is your entry into a career like no other! Call today, and begin... A Career That Makes A Difference!

Exciting, challenging, demanding, rewarding...Criminal Justice: A Career That Makes A Difference!

Today an exciting, challenging career awaits both men and women who want a career that truly makes a difference! That career is Law Enforcement. More than a badge and a gun, today’s law enforcement officer represents a profession on the cutting edge of technology and service. In fact, in view of today’s terrorism threats and increasing crime rate, law enforcement may just be the most important career in America today!

BLET Course Topics

  • Course Orientation
  • Physical Fitness Training
  • Ethics for Professional Law Enforcement
  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure/Constitutional Law
  • Elements of Criminal Law
  • Communication Skills for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Law Enforcement Radio Procedures and Information Systems
  • Field Notetaking and Report Writing
  • Interviews: Field and In-Custody
  • Subject Control/Arrest Techniques
  • Juvenile Laws and Procedures
  • Fingerprinting and Photographing Arrestees
  • Dealing with Victims and the Public
  • Criminal Investigation
  • ABC Laws and Procedures
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Law Enforcement Driver Training
  • Crime Prevention Techniques
  • First Responder
  • Domestic Violence Response
  • Controlled Substances
  • Tech. of Traffic Law Enforcement
  • In-Custody Transportation
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • Explosives and Hazardous Materials Emergencies
  • Individuals w/ Mental Illness and Mental Retardation
  • Crowd Management
  • Preparing for Court and Testifying in Court
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Sheriff’s Responsibilities: Detention Duties
  • Sheriff’s Responsibilities: Court Duties
  • Civil Process
  • Firearms

Admission Criteria

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Be a high school graduate (or GED)
  • Be at least 20 yrs. old (in some cases, 19)
  • Have no serious criminal or traffic violations
  • Be in good physical health

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. Thirty-three topics make up the BLET program. The BLET consists of 640 training hours. BLET classes meet from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 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.

Since 1974, Isothermal Community College has been offering Basic Law Enforcement Training to those interested in becoming sworn law enforcement officers. In nearly thirty years more than forty BLET classes have graduated from Isothermal. During this time, every effort has been made to offer only the highest quality in the training of new law enforcement officers. Today BLET graduates from Isothermal Community College can be found filling the ranks of local and area law enforcement agencies, as well as various agencies throughout the state. No matter how far BLET graduates go during their careers, or how high up in rank, they all share a common bond in that their initial training as law enforcement officers began right here at Isothermal Community College.

In today’s climate of terrorism, crime, and uncertainty, there has never been a greater need for highly trained professional law enforcement officers. Isothermal Community College remains committed to providing the very best training possible to each and every BLET student. A commitment to excellence remains a fundamental cornerstone of the BLET program, and Isothermal Community College.

Why not join us today? If you have ever desired to be among those who “protect and serve,” then this invitation is especially for you. Join with us here at Isothermal Community College as we continue the tradition of training future law enforcement officers. It is a commitment to excellence that we take seriously. Join us today! Call 828-395-1448 or 828-395-1668.

Classes under construction: 

Active Shooter Training - 8 hours
Shoothouse Training - 8 hours
Firearm Qualification - 8 hours
Vehicle Takedown - 8 hours
Force on Force Firearms - 8 hours
Patrol Rifle - 8 hours
Pepper Spray Class - 4 hours
Tazer Recertification
Detention Officer Classes

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