Edgecombe Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy prepares students for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer with state, county, or municipal governments.
Basic Law Enforcement Training is an accredited program of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.
The Academy is a full-time program lasting 19 weeks and consisting of 730 hours of training. Class sessions are held Monday through Friday with the schedule varying depending upon the training. Some nighttime training is mandatory.
Rigorous hands-on training introduces students to the handling of firearms, driving a police vehicle, and subject control. A stringent physical fitness training regimen also is included.
Upon successful completion of the program, students may take the Basic Law Enforcement comprehensive state examination administered by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Division. Upon successfully passing the state comprehensive examination, graduates may be eligible for employment as a sworn law enforcement officer.