Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

shutterstock_98132663.jpgMission Statement

The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) curriculum at Johnston Community College is an academy designed to prepare individuals with the skills needed to become entry level law enforcement officers in North Carolina.

This program utilizes state commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction.  General subjects include, but are not limited to: subject control, firearms, criminal, juvenile, traffic, civil, investigative, patrol, court procedures, emergency responses and ethics.

Students must pass all blocks of instruction to pass the BLET course which includes all practical exercises and written exams.  After successful completing BLET, the student may be eligible to take the cumulative State exam which is mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission to receive certification as a probationary law enforcement officer to apply for hire at a law enforcement agency.

Special Admission Requirements Mandates

  1. Applicant must be a United States citizen.
  2. Applicant must be 20 years of age by the first day of class. Proof of age will be required at the time of registration. A waiver may be obtained at 19 years of age, but the cadet must be 20 before the date of the   state exam.
  3. High School graduate or have GED. 
  4. Applicant may not enroll with any felony convictions regardless of the date of offense. Applicants will have to have a criminal history evaluation by the school director prior to enrollment.
  5. Applicant must successfully complete the College reading placement assessment as outlined by Johnston Community College BLET guidelines.
  6. Applicant must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license.
  7. Applicant must complete an interview with BLET School Director.
  8. Must obtain a sponsorship from a Law Enforcement agency.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does BLET last?

The academy is a full-time day academy that lasts 17 weeks. Classes normally run from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended weekend and night training in firearms, patrol techniques, and driver training at the discretion of the BLET School Director

Students may receive 19 credit hours toward their associate degree at Johnston Community College upon completion of the academy.

How difficult / demanding is BLET?

Cadets participate in a demanding but obtainable program consisting of physical activities preparing them for a challenging career in law enforcement.  Physical fitness activities include running, weight training, and group exercises.  The weekly academic tests are administered to determine proficiency and in preparation for the comprehensive State exam.  

After graduating from BLET and passing the State Exam, does this certification last indefinitely?

No. Graduates must be hired or "sworn-in" by a law enforcement agency within 12 months from the date of the state exam.

What is the cost of taking the BLET program?

If the student acquires a sponsorship letter from a police or sheriff department, then there is no charge for tuition for taking BLET. The student is responsible for books, a physical examination, all required uniforms, and costs associated with the application process. The costs of books, fees, and uniforms are approximately $1,500.

Is ammunition provided by Johnston Community College?

Yes. JCC will provide required ammunition at no additional cost to the students.

Please note:

Daytime BLET August 2021 (full time) - Registration OPEN

Please contact the BLET School Director, Will McIntosh, (919) 464-2352, to set up an interview.  Interviews will be scheduled after March 1, 2021.

Day time BLET begins 08/16/2021

Program Description

The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) curriculum at Johnston Community College is designed to prepare individuals with the basic skills and knowledge needed to become a certified law enforcement officer in North Carolina in accordance with both North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission requirements.

This program utilizes state commission-mandated standards, topics, and methods of instruction.  General subjects include; but are not limited to:  subject control/arrest techniques, firearms, criminal law, juvenile law, motor vehicle law, civil process, criminal investigation, patrol techniques, court procedures, and ethics.

Program Content

This course will present 36 blocks of instruction, with 18 hours of testing throughout the course. The courses are mandated by North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission requirements.  The courses include practical skills in the following areas:  emergency vehicle operation, the use of firearms, physical fitness, traffic law enforcement, first responder/CPR, subject control/arrest techniques, and domestic violence response.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Additional Information

Please contact the BLET School Director, (919) 464-2352, or email with any questions.

Accessibility Services

If you are a student with a documented disability and would like to discuss appropriate academic accommodations, please contact the Mr. Bruce Pomeroy in the Accessibility Services Office at 919-209-2074 or via email at





Will McIntosh
BLET School Director
(919) 464-2352

Mark Sullivan
Department Chair of Criminal Justice Programs
Public Safety Building J1020A
(919) 464-2362

Admissions Office
(919) 209-2128