Isothermal Community College

Health and Public Services

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.

Program Outlines

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 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 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.

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!