Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Overview of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

The Criminal Justice Academy is dedicated to providing professional training to the regional criminal justice community that includes law enforcement, civil process, detention, animal control and telecommunicator. 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.


Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

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Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Gaston College provides the basic training that leads to state certification. BLET is an intensive curriculum program of 624 hours (17 weeks – full-time day class; 39 weeks – part-time evening class) that includes both classroom and practical applications. This program includes instruction in 36 topics that are 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
  • Report Writing
  • Ethics
  • Domestic Violence
  • Crowd Management
  • Civil Process

Eligibility for Admission:

  • Be at least 20 years old when class starts
  • 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 on-line application

**Both day and evening classes are available:

Day classes begin in January and August each year. Evening class begins in September each year.

Application Packets are given out starting the first working day in May for the August/September classes and the first working day in October for the January class.

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)


Basic Law Enforcement Training (C55120)

Contact Information

For further information regarding the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certificate, please contact

Dennis Crosby, Director – APS 106

Shane Caughey, Qualified Assistant – APS 107

Melanie Hoyle, Facilitator – APS 105