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; investigation, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations.
The course provides the participant with the background in the fundamentals of law, procedures, and techniques necessary for success as a law enforcement officer. A rigorous program introduces participants to the handling of firearms, driving techniques, and defensive tactics. A physical fitness program is included as part of the course. Upon completion of all academy requirements, the participant will take the NC Criminal Justice Commission examination.
Mayland Community College offers two BLET classes each year, beginning in September 2021-May 2022. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, with some Friday and Saturday classes. Over 40 state-trained and state-certified instructors instruct in each BLET. Thirty-three topics make up the BLET program. The MCC BLET program consists of 640 training hours. BLET classes meet from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. each evening. BLET is regulated by the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission. Following the completion of BLET, a state-administered exam is given to students leading to state certification as a law enforcement officer. BLET is open to both male and female students.
Basic Law Enforcement Training Admission Information:
Specific Admission Requirements:
Step 1: Complete General College Admissions for Mayland Community College: Mayland’s How To Apply
Step 2: Meet all minimum entry requirements as established in 12 NCAC 09B.0203
Step 3: Submit to the School Director the CASAS Reading Assessment or accepted reading comprehension test indicating a minimum 10th-grade reading level.
**Please contact Jeannette Murray at 828.766.1358 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your reading assessment test.
Step 4: Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Step 5: Download a BLET packet HERE or contact the BLET Director, Dana Crawford at 828.766.1338 or email@example.com.
Step 6: Applicants are admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with preference being afforded to applicants already employed with a law enforcement agency.
Step 7: Completed packets must be submitted to the BLET director by July 1, 2021.
In order to be eligible for admission to the BLET Academy, an individual must:
- be at least twenty (20) years of age
- complete the registration process to Mayland Community College
- possess a high school diploma or high school equivalency
- have a background check free from criminal offenses
- complete a DOT 10-panel urine drug screen
- complete all paperwork in the BLET application packet
- take the CASAS Reading Assessment Test
- be sponsored by a law enforcement agency
Cadets must complete the F-1LE: Medical History Statement form, F-2LE: Medical Examination Report, and F-3LE: Personal History Statement form. These forms need to be filled out in their entirety. To access these forms, click this link to the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. From this link, you can download the F-1LE, F-2LE, and F-3LE forms. Once you have filled out the forms, save a copy to your computer, print them off, and return them with your packet to the BLET Academy Director. Please make sure your healthcare provider has completed the medical portion of the F-2LE form.
Cost of the BLET Program:
$1,200.00 (approximate cost of the program)
- BLET Uniforms: $101.90 (depending on how many uniforms are ordered)
- Required Textbooks: $694.25
- iPad Rental Fee: $200.00
- Gym Membership: $102.00
- Ammunition Fee: $100.00
- Insurance: $1.20
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook website:
- The national median annual pay in 2012 was $56,980; or an hourly rate of $27.40
- Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued interest in public safety will lead to new openings for officers; however, jobs may be competitive, depending on location.
9/6/21-4/15/21, MTWThF, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Blocks that include physical fitness will be held from 6:00 pm-11:00 pm.
Occasional Saturday & Sunday classes TBA
**Tuition fees may be waived for qualifying candidates.
Our BLET Staff:
Dana B. Crawford, BLET Program Director
Phone Number: 828.766.1338
Kayti Ledford, BLET Program Coordinator
Phone Number: 828.766.1341
Susan Shephard, BLET Administrative Assistant
Phone Number: 828.766.1299