Wake Tech’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy prepares students for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise. Instruction includes practical exercises, with an ethics component woven throughout the training experience.
BLET includes topics and instructional methods mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, including but not limited to:
motor vehicle and alcoholic beverage laws
custody and court procedures
The Academy offers the Commission-mandated 620 hour program (BLET Course Content). Wake Tech offers 124 additional hours of training in officer survival, public speaking, and related topics, for a total of 744 hours.
Cadets completing the Academy are eligible to take the BLET State Comprehensive Written Exam. Upon successful completion, a cadet has one year from the exam date to be duly appointed and sworn as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
Program Structure and Options
BLET students can choose the daytime or evening program:
Day Academy meets primarily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for 20 weeks. It is offered twice each year: January-June and July-December.
Night Academy meets from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, August-June, with occasional Saturday classes.