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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for individuals interested in Basic Law
Enforcement Training (BLET) on September 24th. Over the past 28 years, the college has
graduated more than 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local,
town, county, regional, state, and federal organizations.

The 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.
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 financial
aid and VA benefits, as well as the James B. Collins Scholarship.

The BLET 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 the
TABE 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.

BCC BLET Director, John Trogdon 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.”

For more information about the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy or to receive an
application packet, contact John Trogdon, at 910.879.5536, or jtrogdon@bladencc.edu.

For more information about the BLET program at BCC, call 910 879-5536 or visit our website, www.bladencc.edu

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) students at Bladen Community College are eligible for
the James B. Collins BLET Endowed Scholarship. Pictured from left to right are BLET School
Director John Trogdon, and 2018 student scholarship recipients Justin Reason, and James G.
Smith II, with BCC Foundation Director Linda Burney. The James B. Collins BLET Endowed
Scholarship was established as a living memorial to former Deputy Collins who served with the
Bladen County Sheriff’s Department before his death.

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