Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)
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. General subjects include, but are not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations.
Students must successfully complete and pass all units of study mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs Education and Training Standards Commission to receive a certificate.
**Students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training course, accredited by the North Carolina Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs Education and Training Standards Commission will receive credit for CJC-113 Juvenile Justice, CJC-120 Interviews and Interrogation, CJC-131, Criminal Law, CJC-132 Court Procedure and Evidence, and CJC-221 Investigative Principles, and CJC-231 Constitutional Law toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology. Students must have completed Basic Law Enforcement Training since 1985.
Each potential student is required to complete a two(2) phase physical fitness test. Phase one (1) must be completed within six (6) minutes and phase two (2) must be completed within three (3) minutes. The physical fitness testing date will be scheduled close to the packet due date. Students will be notified by e-mail when the date is set. All prospective students will meet in blue hall room 128. Students should dress in exercise clothes and running shoes.
Students entering BLET must demonstrate a reading proficiency at the tenth (10th) grade level within twelve months of the start of the course. To accommodate this requirement, Sandhills Community College will offer the TABE reading test. The date of the test will be scheduled close to the packet due date. Students will be notified by e-mail when the date is set. The test will be administered in Blue hall room 128.
All trainees must be 20 years of age at the time of course completion. Applicants who are 19 years old may be accepted with a waiver.
Sponsorship by a NC Law Enforcement Agency is required. This waives student tuition.
Sandhills Community College offers this program three times per year. Additionally the program may operate on several different schedules (i.e. daytime, nights/Saturdays, etc.) in order to accommodate student schedules.
Books must be purchased prior to the first day of class.
All trainees must be enrolled the first day of course delivery (no enrollment after the first class begins).
Partial or limited enrolled students can enroll with a letter of authorization.
At the conclusion of BLET, students must have successfully completed all performance and attendance requirements to be administered a comprehensive written exam by the Criminal Justice Standards Division (must score 70 percent on each unit to pass the exam).
All applicants must, in addition to the required certified background checks from every place you have lived since 16 years of age, obtain a background check from the FBI. The following website will walk you through the steps needed to obtain the required background check. https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/ This report is due at least 30 days prior to the start of class.
Class Locations and Times
The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class is CJC 100. It awards 18 semester hours credit upon successful completion.
BLET classes are offered at the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford. They begin each August at the beginning of Fall Semester and end in May of the following year (10-month class). Classes are held from 8 am-10 pm (Hoke class) on Tuesday and Saturday one week and Thursday the following week.
The night program begins each January at the beginning of Spring Semester and is held on the Pinehurst Campus in Blue Hall. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 6-11 pm and alternating Saturdays (8 am-5 pm).
The day program begins each May near the beginning of Summer Semester and is held on the Pinehurst Campus in Blue Hall. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm. Some Saturday classes and night hours are required.
Forms for Application
The linked forms are required for admission to the BLET program. All forms are required no later than 30 days prior to the class start date. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis on a completed packet and confirmation from the school director. Cadets do not have to be present for registration.
Click on each link, save the pdf to your computer, fill out each form, print out each form, sign where required, and mail or hand-deliver to: Bob Kehoe, School Director BLET, Blue Hall Room 127, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
127 Blue Hall