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.
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BLET includes topics and instructional methods mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, including but not limited to:
The Academy offers the Commission-mandated 632 hour program (BLET Course Content). Wake Tech offers additional hours of training in officer survival, public speaking, close-quarter control, and related topics, for a total of 768 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.
BLET Training can Count for College Credit
Wake Tech students may earn up to 19 Criminal Justice Technology Curriculum Credit hours for successful completion of the Wake Tech BLET Academy.
- Simply click on the Public Safety Training Calendar.
- Use the drop-down list to enter the Subject and College.
- Then click submit.
Program Structure and Options
BLET students can choose the daytime or evening program:
Day Academy meets primarily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for 20 weeks. It is offered twice each year: January-June and July-December.
Night Academy meets from 5:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, August-June.
BLET Success Stories
A Vision of Service: Meeting the Challenges of Basic Law Enforcement Training
A story about North Carolina State Trooper Roderick Williams
Published in the fall 2017 Career Focus Magazine
The video below showcases Fuquay-Varina PD Officer Taylor Callas