Craven Community College’s respected Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program can give you the skills and knowledge you need to become an effective law enforcement officer with state, county/municipal governments, or with private enterprise.
The BLET program utilizes state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction. Coursework includes, but is not limited to criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations. Modifications may be made to in order to comply with accrediting agency rules and regulations. BLET students must meet mandated attendance requirements.
To receive the BLET certificate, students must successfully complete and pass all units of study, including the certification examination mandated by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the N.C. Sheriff’s Education Training Standards Commission.
A candidate for BLET admission must meet these Commission Standards and supply appropriate paperwork to the school director prior to the first day of class:
- Complete an interview with the BLET Director prior to registration.
- Complete and submit all required application and other appropriate forms.
- Be a citizen of the United States (You must provide a copy of your birth certificate or citizenship paperwork.)
- Be 20 years old. (Students who are 19 may begin the program, with approval, if they will turn 20 by the time they finish.)
- Possess a minimum of a 10th grade reading level using an approved test.
- Have a High School Diploma or GED (Diplomas earned through correspondence enrollment are not recognized towards educational requirements. An applicant must supply his or her transcript/copy of high school diploma.)
- Have a valid driver’s license.
- If applicable, provide documentation of a military background, i.e., DD 214.
- Provide a criminal/arrest history (Certified criminal record check for local and state records for the time period since the trainee has become an adult and from all locations where the trainee has resided since becoming an adult, in both married and maiden names (required). An Administrative Office of the Courts criminal record check or a comparable out-of-state criminal record check will satisfy this requirement.)
- Have a medical examination (Medical examination report, properly completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner, to determine the individual’s fitness to perform the essential job functions of a criminal justice officer.)
- Must successfully pass a modified Police Officer Physical Ability Test (POPAT).
Based on the guidelines of the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division, applicants may be denied entry into the BLET Program.
Successful graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Police Officer (Municipal Police Departments)
- Deputy Sheriff
- State Trooper
- Correctional Officer
- Company or Private Security
Dean of Career Programs
Basic Law Enforcement Training Director