Basic Law Enforcement Training | B.L.E.T.

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.

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.

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.

  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.
Attend an informational session on one of these dates:

DATES for the August 2023 CLASS

Thursday         March 16    9:00 am
Tuesday          March 28    2:00 pm
Thursday         April 13       9:00 am
Wednesday     April 19       9:00 am
Thursday         May 4         9:00 am
Tuesday          May 16       2:00 pm
Monday           May 29       2:00 pm
Wednesday     June 14      10:00 am
Tuesday          June 27      4:00 pm
Tuesday          July 11        10:00 am
Thursday         July 27       2:00 pm


All sessions will be held in the Public Safety Building in the BLET classroom, J 1470.

If you interested in applying and are unable to attend one of these sessions, please call Director McIntosh at 919-464-2352.        

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 bepomeroy@johnstoncc.edu.

Contact Information

William McIntosh
BLET/GI/SMI/DOCC DIrector
(919) 464-2352
wcmcintosh@johnstoncc.edu
Mark Sullivan
Department Chair, Criminal Justice Programs
(919) 464-2362
pmsullivan@johnstoncc.edu