Program Overview

Basic Law Enforcement Training
Degree Level 
Program head 
Hyson, Andrea

BLET packets due by June 25th 

Pre-Orientation: July 30th 10am-1pm

BLET Classes begin August 17th 2018


BLET - 676 hours - Fall Class - August-December/Spring Class - January-May


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 subject include, but are not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations.


BLET Admission Guidelines

Mission Statement
The Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Vance-Granville Community College seeks to recruit and retain qualified students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills to obtain certification as an inexperienced law enforcement officer through the North Carolina Department of Justice – Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the North Carolina Department Justice – Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission by gainful employment with municipal, county, and state agencies.

Admission Policy
Students are admitted to the Basic Law Enforcement Training program in accordance with policies set by Vance-Granville Community College and the North Carolina Department of Justice – Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the North Carolina Department Justice – Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. Each applicant is required to meet the minimum admission requirements as set by the College and the appropriate Standards Commission. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program, only an opportunity for consideration.

Vance-Granville cautions that, in the completion of the applicants Personal History F-3, both Commissions require that each applicant must list any and all criminal charges regardless of the date of offense and the disposition (to include dismissals, not guilty, nol pros, PJC, or any other disposition where you entered a plea of guilty). Do not include minor traffic offenses (N.C.G.S. Chapter 20), but specifically include DWI, DUI, driving while under the influence of drugs, driving while license permanently revoked, speeding to elude arrest, or duty to stop in event of accident.

The selection process for this program is in four steps. Each step must be completed before proceeding to the next step. The primary selection date will be two weeks prior to
scheduled start date of course offering. Applications will continue to be processed only if the program has not reached its maximum capacity of twenty-four (24). Applicants are cautioned that Title 12, Chapter 9B .0203(b), of North Carolina Administrative Code states "The school shall give priority admission in accredited criminal justice training courses to individuals holding full-time employment with criminal justice agencies.”

BLET applicants will be required to complete the following:

Step 1

  • Contact the Coordinator of Law Enforcement Training/BLET or her designee
  •  Complete the "Application for Admission" and submit to Admissions Office (online)
  • Submit official transcript of secondary education (high school). Students are responsible for contacting the schools and paying the required fee for transcripts.

    Please mail official transcripts to: 
    Attn: Admissions 
    PO Box 917 
    Henderson, NC 27536

    We also accept electronic transcripts.  Please send electronic transcripts to

  • NCDAP Testing:

  • Students must successfully complete and pass all units of study mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission to receive a certificate. Even though you may successfully complete the course, the mandated state exam must still be passed for certification purposes.

    This course covers the basic skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina. Topics are divided into general units of study: legal, patrol duties, law enforcement communications, investigation, practical application and sheriff-specific. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the topics and areas required for the state comprehensive examination. This is a certificate-level course.

     Students who have successfully completed a curriculum based Basic Law Enforcement Training course accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission within 10 years prior to application and passed the Commission’s comprehensive certificate examination may receive up to 19 hours credit towards the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology.  Students may receive credit for the following courses:  CJC 131, CJC 132, CJC 151, CJC 212, CJC 221, and CJC 231.  For students entering the Criminal Justice curriculum who completed the BLET curriculum greater than 10 years prior to application, course credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. This course is governed by the North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 12, VGCC's BLET Academy Rules and Regulations, in addition to the Student Code of Conduct in this catalog.

Step 2

  • Complete and return to the Coordinator of Law Enforcement Training the Personal History Statement form F-3.
  • Submit a certified copy of your criminal record from every jurisdiction that you have lived since age 16. You may obtain these from the Clerk of Superior Court of each county in North Carolina.
  • Obtain sponsorship from a North Carolina public law enforcement agency. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure sponsorship and submit the signed Letter of Sponsorship to the Coordinator of Law Enforcement Training. Applicants currently employed by a public law enforcement agency are not required to furnish a Letter of Sponsorship. There will be no exceptions to this sponsorship requirement other than those applicants that are already hired. Not all public law enforcement agencies will sponsor candidates in basic law enforcement training and we do not refer applicants to any specific agencies. Each agency that does sponsor applicants has its own requirements and limitations regarding whom they will sponsor for law enforcement training. Therefore, the applicant must seek sponsorship in the same manner one would seek a job.
  • Provide proof of United States Citizenship. (ie. birth certificate, passport)
  • Be 20 years of age upon completion of training
  • Possess a valid North Carolina Driver's license w/good driving record and provide the College with a certified copy.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED and provide the College with a certified copy

Step 3

  • Completion of a physical exam conducted within the Medical Screening Guidelines for the Certification of Criminal Justice Officers in the State of North Carolina, Implementation Manual. Signed release authorizing exposure to CS & CN gas. Release from a physician to participate in the Physical Fitness program and the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test. Forms F-1, F-2, and all release forms must be completed and submitted to the Coordinator of Law Enforcement Training/BLET.
  • Completion of “Authorization for Release of Personal Information and Records for Law Enforcement Employment, and/or Certification, and/or Sponsorship” form.

Step 4

  • Status Assigned
    (a) Accepted
    (b) Alternate (Those who qualify and are on a waiting list)
    (c) Not Accepted (Those who do not qualify at this time)
  • Status letter sent
    *NOTE Any applicant not admitted into the program would need to reapply for entry at next course offering if interested.

BLET Forms Packet (BLET Admission Checklist, Sponsorship Letter, Sponsorship Tips, Certification Prerequisite List, F-1, F-2, F-3(F-3 charges cont, F-3 employment cont), Medical Questionnaire, Release Agreement, Rules and Regulations Agreement, BLET Rules and Regulations, Mandated BLET Texts (Not published until July), Boots and Supplies - Daniel's Army Surplus, Carolina Images Uniforms - Uniforms will be ordered at registration/pre-orientation.)

Special Concerns & Requirements
All students must:

- Purchase and wear dress uniforms and physical fitness training uniforms as specified by the School Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training.
- Provide all required student study books, law books, and materials
- Furnish specific miscellaneous equipment for training (flashlight, whistle, duty belt keepers, earmuff style hearing protectors, traffic collision investigation template, handcuff keys, groin protectioin, ear buds, etc.)
- Provide any other miscellaneous equipment needed during course

Contact Information

Andrea Hyson, Director
Glen Boyd, Assistant Coordinator/Instructor for Corrections/Law Enforcement
Trudy Hargrove, Administrative Assistant


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