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Criminal Justice Academy



The Criminal Justice Academy is dedicated to providing professional training to the regional criminal justice community that includes law enforcement, civil process, detention, and animal control. In addition to our Basic Law Enforcement Training program, our in-service training courses are designed to facilitate the mandated training requirements for criminal justice personnel, state certification and recertification programs, and advanced specialized training. 

1. Basis Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Gaston College provides the basic training that leads to state certification. BLET is an intensive curriculum program (17 weeks, day class; 39 weeks, evening class) that includes both classroom and practical applications. This program includes 35 topical areas required to become a beginning level law enforcement officer.

Topics include:
State and Constitutional Law
Firearms Training
Physical Fitness
Law Enforcement Driving
Arrest Techniques
Criminal Investigations

Eligibility for Admission:
Be at least 20 years old
High School diploma or GED
Be a United States citizen
Complete the reading and writing placement tests
Acceptable criminal history background check
Complete a Gaston College application form

Both Day and Evening Classes Available!
BLET dayclass begins January and August each year.
BLET evening class begins September each year.

2. State Mandated In-Service Training Courses


Firearms Training and Qualification, Legal Update, JMST:  Interactions, Communications, and Understanding, Career Survival: Leaderships and Mentoring, Domestic Violence, and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Relationships.


Elder Abuse Awareness and the Telecommunicator, Tactical Dispatch-An Overview, Handling Difficult Callers, Effectively Working Through Major Events (Topic of Choice). 

3. In-Service Training Course - Topic of Choice


JMST - The System and Options, Courtroom Testimony, Active Shooter - Practical Refresher, Human Trafficking, Dealing with the Older Driver, Arrest, Search and Seizure.


Elder Abuse Awareness and the Telecommunicator, Tactical Dispatch-An Overview, Handling Difficult Callers, Effectively Working Through Major Events (Topic of Choice)   

4. Certification/Recertification Courses

Radar Operator, Time-Distance Operator, Radar/Time-Distance Operator, Chemical Analyst Certification, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Detention Officer Certification, General Instructor Training, and Animal Control Officer Basic Training.

 5. Specialized Training Courses, such as:

First Line Supervision, Comprehensive Roadside Interdiction, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Rapid Deployment:  Immediate Response to an Active Shooter, Law Enforcement Driving, SWAT Training, Patrol Rifle, Advanced Patrol Rifle, High-Risk Warrant Service, Firearm Skills for Female Officers, PRISim (Simulator) Use of Force Training, TASER Training, Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Aerosol Spray, School Resource Officer Training, Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT), and Executive Protection.


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Class Schedule

Criminal Justice Academy Training Schedule 2014

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Law Enforcement Links of Interest 



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If you have any questions you may contact the following persons:

Staff Member

Office Phone


E-mail Address

Dennis Crosby,

(704) 922-6595


Shane Caughey,
Qualified Assistant

(704) 922-6255


Melanie Hoyle,

(704) 922-6531


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