Basic Law Enforcement Training


     Matt Reynolds

     N.C. Law Enforcement Certification Program Coordinator



The North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training is a State accredited program designed to prepare entry level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills to become certified police officers and deputy sheriff’s. The course is comprised of thirty-five (35) separate blocks of instruction. The Commission mandated course, upon completion, will enable the graduate to be certified to work as a sworn law enforcement officer in the State of North Carolina.

The day sessions typically meet from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some evenings and Saturdays required.

The evening sessions typically meet 6:00 p.m..- 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Some additional daytime hours may be necessary for certain blocks of instruction.

Upcoming Training Session(s):

2014 Spring/Summer BLET #72 EXTENDED ENROLLMENT - CONTACT SCC-PSTC for more information 828.306.7046

Orientation: (required) EXTENDED ENROLLMENT March 31, 2014 - at 09:00 OR 17:00 hrs., at SCC-PSTC (See #6 of the Admissions Requirements)(Required attendance at ONE session)
Books and uniforms will be ordered at this time.
Uniforms information will be provided during orientation

Class Dates: Extended Enrollment - May 6, 2014 - September 2014
Classes will meet 08:00 - 18:00 hrs, Mon-Fri, with some evenings and Saturdays required.

2014 Fall/Winter BLET #73

Orientation: (required) August 25, 2014 at 0900 OR 17:00 hrs., at SCC-PSTC (See #6 of the Admissions Requirements)(Required attendance at ONE session)
Books and uniforms will be ordered at this time.
Uniforms information will be provided during orientation

Class Begins: October 7, 2014 through March 2015
Classes will meet 08:00 - 18:00 hrs., Mon-Fri, with some evenings and Saturdays required.

All paperwork must be received before the BLET Orientation in order to get letters out to applicants. This is necessary to determine if the required number of trainees are present according to N.C. Administrative Code (NCAC) to deliver the program. Attendance is mandatory at one of the BLET Orientation sessions.

Applications must be submitted during orientation.

In addition to attending all sessions and successfully completing each topic area, the candidate must be recommended by the School Director to take the State administered exam at the conclusion of the program. Therefore, proper attitude, conduct and attendance is mandatory in order to receive recommendation. Only serious applicants should apply.


(All requirements must be met prior to admission to the program)

  1. Must be a United States Citizen.
  2. Complete a Basic Law Enforcement Training application for admission and submit it to the Public Safety Training Center indicating the session for which the applicant is applying. Applicants must be at least 21 years old.  Along with your application for admission, please also provide:
    1. certified copy of birth certificate (from the registrar of deeds or the bureau of vital statistics)
    2. evidence of a high school diploma/GED
    3. copy of valid drivers license
    4. certified copy of driving record. Get it here -complete the form DL-DPPA-1 at
  3. Provide a certified criminal record check for local and state records for the time period since you became 16 years of age from all locations of residence. An Administrative Office of the Courts criminal record check or a comparable out-of-state criminal record check will satisfy this requirement.
  4. A letter of sponsorship from a North Carolina law enforcement agency signed by the Chief or Sheriff which states that your character is appropriate for the law enforcement profession, and that a background check has been performed (preferably with histories attached), and that no reason was found to deny sponsorship, must be submitted. This letter must be on agency letterhead. NOTE: The sponsor has the right to withdraw sponsorship based on actions of the trainee. (see sample letter)
  5. Medical forms, provided to the applicant, must be completed by a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner and submitted to determine fitness to perform the essential job functions of a law enforcement officer. The physical should not have been performed no more than six-months before the beginning date of the session applied to attend. If attending Detention Officer Certification or Basic Law Enforcement Training, physical must be completed in North Carolina.
  6. Prior to admission to the BLET program, applicants must take the COMPASS exam. All applicants must score the minimum of a 10th grade reading level. The test is conducted at Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center on scheduled Tuesday's (10:00 a.m.) and Thursday's (6:00 p.m.). Please visit the Compass Exam page (click here) for instructions and to pre-register for the COMPASS exam prior to the BLET orientation. MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO TAKE EXAM.  The cost for this exam is $5.00 payable at time of testing.


Any applicant who would not be eligible to be sworn as a law enforcement officer in the State of North Carolina is ineligible to enroll in the North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training.

The BLET program requires physical activities that can be strenuous in nature. It is advisable to begin an exercise program before beginning BLET that includes “military type” push-ups, sit-ups, and running/jogging, especially if an exercise routine is not a normal activity.



There is an approximate fee of $275.00 for uniforms (the fee will be based on current available pricing) and a fee for books (please see below for book information). Trainees must provide flashlights, hearing protection (over-the-ear type) and eye protection for the firing range.

SCC-PSTC Provides:

Weapon systems, duty belt, handcuff case, handcuffs, holsters, ammunition as well as vehicles and fuel for Driver Training and all other equipment as required by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission.



For information regarding application status or specific questions concerning BLET, contact Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center, 828.306.7046. E-mail: 


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

REQUIRED BOOKS - Last Updated - APRIL 2014

Students are required to have current books to include BLET Manuals. BLET Manuals must be in line with current course offering.

Arrest, Search & Investigation, 3rd edition, 2011 $165.25
Arrest, Search & Investigation, Supplement 2013 $52.55
BLET Manual - Student Edition (January 2014) $138.95
North American Emergency Response Book, 2012 $19.20
NC Criminal Law & Procedure, 2012 $60.40
NC Crash Report Instructional Manual Provided
NC Crimes, 7th edition 2012 $213.40
NC Crimes Supplement, 7th edition, 2012 $44.30
NC Motor Vehicle Law, 2013 $44.50
Brady First Responder, 8th Edition Workbook (REQUIRED) $102.48

BLET Manual Complete Set including all required books, plus Response Guide. 
Complete set - (at the time of this printing)


Books will be ordered on the day of the BLET Orientation, and can be purchased with check, cash, agency billing letter, or credit card through Southwestern Community College. Books will be issued on first day of training.