Basic Law Enforcement Training (640 Hours)

Police Officer

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 January and August. 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:

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-1, F-2, and F-3 forms 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-1, F-2, and F-3 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-3 form.



Application Process:

Applicants must complete all requirements in the application process before being placed on the list of eligible candidates. Eligible candidates with completed application packets are accepted to the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Obtain an application packet from the BLET Program Director, Dana Crawford, 828.766.1338, BLET Qualified Assistant, Sam Arrowood, 828.460.0157, or the BLET Program Coordinator, Kayti Ledford, 828.766.1341.
  2. Complete all forms in the packet and return the packet in person to the Mayland BLET Program Director or Program Coordinator.
  3. Schedule the CASAS Reading Assessment Test by calling Susan Shephard at 828.766.1299.
  4. Request an official copy of high school transcript, high school equivalency, adult high school diploma, and/or college transcripts be mailed to the Registrar’s Office.
  5. Obtain sponsorship from a law enforcement agency.


BLET Course Topics:

  • Course Orientation
  • Physical Fitness Training
  • Ethics for Professional Law Enforcement
  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure/Constitutional Law
  • Elements of Criminal Law
  • Communication Skills for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Law Enforcement Radio Procedures and Information Systems
  • Field Notetaking and Report Writing
  • Interviews: Field and In-Custody
  • Subject Control/Arrest Techniques
  • Juvenile Laws and Procedures
  • Fingerprinting and Photographing Arrestees
  • Dealing with Victims and the Public
  • Criminal Investigation
  • ABC Laws and Procedures
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Law Enforcement Driver Training
  • Crime Prevention Techniques
  • First Responder
  • Domestic Violence Response
  • Controlled Substances
  • Tech. of Traffic Law Enforcement
  • In-Custody Transportation
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • Explosives and Hazardous Materials Emergencies
  • Individuals w/ Mental Illness and Mental Retardation
  • Crowd Management
  • Preparing for Court and Testifying in Court
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Sheriff’s Responsibilities: Detention Duties
  • Sheriff’s Responsibilities: Court Duties
  • Civil Process
  • Firearms


Cost of the BLET Program:

$1,150.00 (approximate cost of the program)

This includes:

  • BLET Uniforms: $101.90 (depending on how many uniforms are ordered)
  • Required Textbooks: $644.25
  • iPad Rental Fee: $200.00
  • Gym Membership: $102.00
  • Ammunition Fee: $100.00
  • Insurance: $1.20


Career Information:

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.


1/11/21-8/13/21, 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.

Mitchell                                     828.766.1338



Our BLET Staff:

Dana B. Crawford, BLET Program Director

Phone Number: 828.766.1338



Sam Arrowood, BLET Qualified Assistant

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