Please note that the standards listed below are the Commission mandated minimum requirements for employment as a law enforcement officer. Individual agencies may require higher standards.
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The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills needed to become certified law enforcement officers in North Carolina. Job Functions for Inexperienced Law Enforcement Officers The course is comprised of 36 separate blocks of instruction to include topics such as Firearms, Driver Training, Motor Vehicle Law, and Arrest, Search and Seizure. The BLET course is filled with practical exercises and an extensive ethics section that is woven throughout the training experience.
The BLET course has been thoroughly researched, legally reviewed and contains the most current law enforcement information available. The Commission mandated 640-hour course takes approximately 16 weeks to complete and concludes with a comprehensive written exam and skills testing. Upon successful completion of the BLET State Comprehensive Written Examination, the BLET trainee has one year from the date of the State Comprehensive Examination to be duly appointed and sworn as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina. However, most agencies include an additional period of field training.
The North Carolina Justice Academy develops and maintains the BLET curriculum.
NOTE: If you are currently certified as a law enforcement officer in another state, please see the information about Out-of-State Transfers.
Every individual who is admitted as a trainee in a presentation of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course shall notify the School Director of all criminal offenses which the trainee is arrested for or charged with, pleads no contest to, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of, and notify the School Director of all Domestic Violence Orders (G.S. 50B) which are issued by a judicial official and which provide an opportunity for both parties to be present. The notifications must be received by the School Director within 30 days of the date the case was disposed of in court.