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 the following:
- Patrol duties
- Law enforcement communication
- Practical applications
The academy offers the commission-mandated 640-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.
Students can choose a daytime or an 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 to June and July to December.
- Night academy meets from 5 to 10:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, August to June.
Earn college credit
Wake Tech students may earn up to 19 Criminal Justice Technology curriculum credit hours for successful completion of the BLET Academy.
Using the Statewide Public Safety Training Calendar, simply use the drop-down menus to list the subject/course and Wake Tech as the college and click "Submit."
BLET success stories
A Vision of Service: Meeting the Challenges of Basic Law Enforcement Training
The story about North Carolina State Trooper Roderick Williams was published in the fall 2017 Career Focus magazine
The following video showcases Fuquay-Varina Police Department Officer Taylor Callas: