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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on October 8th. Over the past twenty-eight years, the college has graduated more than 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and federal agencies.  Interested individuals should apply now and seek guidance on how to enroll in the program.

BLET is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, municipal governments, or with private enterprise.  These entry-level employment positions have competitive salaries, benefit packages, uniforms, and often include a patrol car.

Typically, classes will be held Monday through Thursday evenings, from 6 PM until 10 PM and every other Saturday, from 8 AM until 5 PM. The 28-weeks program is approved for NC Works, financial aid and VA benefits, as well as the local James B. Collins Scholarship.

The high standards program, which combines physical conditioning with required classwork, utilizes State-Commission-Accredited topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include, but are not limited to, criminal, civil, juvenile, traffic and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses; firearms training and subject control arrest techniques training.

Eligible candidates for the BLET Academy must meet certain conditions such as passing a required reading test, be at least 20 years old at the time of course registration, pass a physical examination and be sponsored or employed by a public law enforcement agency.

Bladen Community College President, Dr. Amanda Lee remarked “Our graduates are now working in police and sheriff’s departments in our area. It is a rigorous program and requires commitment but yet yields very positive results for the individual and area law enforcement.”

Dr. Lee added “ We encourage interested students to come out to our Public Service Careers Night to learn more about BLET and various careers in law enforcement, rescue and public service.  It is coming up soon.  On Thursday, Sept. 17th from 5pm until 7pm in the college’s Student Resource center.  Patrol vehicles will be on display and agency representatives available to answer questions as well as BCC advisors and NC Work counselors on hand.”

For more information about the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy or to receive an application packet, contact the BCC Advising Center at 910.879.5584, or Joey Todd, BLET Director,  at 910.879.5656 or email bccadvising@bladencc.edu or jtodd@bladencc.edu.  Visit our website www.bladencc.edu to learn more.


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