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Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Curriculum Description

This course covers the basic skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina. Topics include those mandated by North Carolina Administration Code as essential for functioning in law enforcement. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate competence in the topics required for the state comprehensive certification examination. This is a certificate-level course.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of North Carolina criminal law, juvenile law, motor vehicle law, controlled substance law, civil law and alcoholic beverages law.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of patrol responsibilities that include: dealing with hazardous material, traffic crashes, in-custody transport, crowd management, radio procedures, rapid deployment, vehicle stops, answering calls for service and anti-terrorism.
  • Describe the fundamental communication aspects of law enforcement that include: dealing with victims, domestic violence response, ethics in policing, interacting with individuals with mental illness, crime prevention, and general communication skills.
  • Describe the fundamental tasks in the area of investigations that include: fingerprinting and photography, field note-taking and report writing, criminal investigation procedures, interviewing, dealing with controlled substances and human trafficking.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the following law enforcement basics: firearms, first aid, driving, physical agility, and subject control arrest techniques.
  • Describe proper procedures for sheriff specific responsibilities that include: civil process, detention duties and court duties.

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 with 1 year of enrollment

After Graduation

City Police Officers, CityPolice Agencies in North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff, County Sheriff Agencies in North Carolina

What is the Basic Law Enforcement Training Overview?

  • Isothermal offers two BLET classes each year
  • Please call for the next BLET start date
  • Day classes are full time and evening classes are part-time
  • 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 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

Contact for information

Health and Public Services
Health and Public Services

Office: 828-395-1668
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Brenda McFarland
Administrative Assistant II Health and Public Services

Philip Bailey
Director, Basic Law Enforcement Training