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Program Description

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) provides future officers with the essential skills needed to perform on the job as a law enforcement officer. The program uses state commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction.

The Basic Law Enforcement Training program at SPCC is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers.

For complete details, please read the BLET Information Packet very carefully.

Admission requirements:

Applicants for admission to the BLET program must:

  • Complete an SPCC application for admission
  • Score a minimum of 10th grade reading level on the CASAS Reading Test completed at the Information Session.
  • Have graduated from high school or have an Adult High School Diploma or have passed the GED with an equivalency certificate, which meets the minimum requirements set by the State of North Carolina
  • Meet the minimum standards for employment as established by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the NC Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission which include:
    • Be a citizen of the United States
    • Be at least 20 years of age
    • Be of good moral character
  • Have not ever committed or been convicted of any of the following:
    • A felony
    • A crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two years
    • A crime or unlawful act for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than six months but less than two years and the crime or unlawful act occurred within the last five years
    • Four or more crimes or unlawful acts described above regardless of the date of occurrence
    • Four or more crimes or unlawful acts for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for less than six months
  • Be sponsored or employed by a NC public law enforcement agency prior to enrollment and maintain that sponsorship/employment throughout the course
  • Provide a certified copy of criminal and driving history for each county the student has lived in since the age of sixteen (In NC, contact Clerk of Courts for each county. Driving histories are available from DMV. Other states have different requirements for obtaining these records. Contact the local Sheriff Department where you lived first.)
  • Provide current medical examination report forms F-1 (Medical History) and F-2 (Medical Examination). Satisfactory health documented by a physician is mandatory for acceptance into the program.
  • Possess and provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license
  • Possess and provide a photocopy of a valid Social Security card
  • Provide a CERTIFIED copy of his/her birth certificate

Students successfully completing a BLET training course accredited by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the NC Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission will receive credit for CJC 131, CJC 132, CJC 221, and CJC 231. Students must successfully complete the training course AND the state certification examination to receive credit for these courses. Students must have completed BLET training since 1985. SPCC only ensures acceptance of these transfer credits to its Associate in Applied Science – Criminal Justice Technology degree, diploma, and certificate programs. These transfer credits may or may not be accepted by a four-year institution to which a student intends to transfer.

Course work emphasizes:

  • Community relations
  • Emergency response
  • Ethics
  • Investigation
  • Laws
  • Procedures

Mandatory information sessions:

SPCC will hold mandatory BLET information sessions for the fall BLET class. Anyone wishing to enroll must attend one of these sessions after applying to the college. After you apply to the college, you will receive emails from admissions@spcc.edu with instructions on how to register for an information session.

To complete the South Piedmont Community College admission application, please click here.

For questions, please contact:

Mike Smith, Director BLET, jsmith@spcc.edu or 704-290-5884

Mark Coan, Qualified Assistant BLET and In-Service Law Enforcement Coordinator, mcoan@spcc.edu or 704-290-5247

Kim Gilmore, Program Coordinator for Law Enforcement, kgilmore@spcc.edu or 704-290-5240

Employment Opportunities

  • Campus police
  • Highway Patrol
  • North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement
  • Police department
  • Sheriff’s office

Educational Opportunities

  • Certificate in Basic Law Enforcement Training  – 18 Weeks to Complete

Contact Information

To learn more, contact:

Mike Smith
Director, Law Enforcement Training