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Law Enforcement

Walk into any preschool classroom and any number of the children there will no doubt tell you they want to be a police officer when they grow up. Why? Because police officers are there to protect us, to help us, and to keep us safe. Those who get into law enforcement for the right reasons do so because they're dedicated to serving and protecting. They want to help others. They want to give back.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community as a law enforcement officer, we have all the classes you'll need to begin and continue your career.


Basic Law Enforcement (BLET) Program

Learn what it takes to become a police officer and protect and serve your community. In our certificate program, you'll develop the essential skills required for employment as a law enforcement officer with state, county, or municipal agencies or with private enterprises. Your classes focus on topics including investigative and patrol procedures, ethics and community relations, firearms usage and safety, and criminal, juvenile, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws. 

You'll need to possess certain personal characteristics such as honesty, integrity, and good judgment to be a law enforcement officer, and you should enjoy interacting with the public and developing relationships in the community. Does this sound like a career path for you? For more information or to apply for BLET, please contact the BLET Director, Richard Thompson, at 336-628-4554 or by email at dthompson@randolph.edu.


Law Enforcement Continuing Education

Are you an active law enforcement officer looking for in-service training to maintain certification or gain new knowledge? RCC can help you! We offer a variety of continuing education courses for active law enforcement officers. 

We provide training for five law enforcement agencies in Randolph County as well as numerous other agencies including police departments from surrounding counties, state agencies such as the State Bureau of Investigation, and federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Secret Service, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

For information on class schedules, check out the calendar below. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Lucas at 336-633-0032, or by email at ablucas@randolph.edu

Law Enforcement Continuing Education

All classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Preregistration is encouraged due to limited seating. Your registration fee will be waived if you are affiliated with a law enforcement agency.

To register by email or fax, please complete the registration form and email it to Angela Lucas or fax it to 336-633-0371.

To register by phone, please call Angela Lucas at 336-633-0032.

Most classes are held at the Emergency Services Training Center (ESTC) or Asheboro Campus and include topics such as Officer Survival, Mantracking, Basic Anti-Terrorism, Radar Recertification, Crowd Management, Rural Surveillance, Interview and Interrogations, and Basic Homicide Investigation.

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

  • 93rd BLET Day Class: January 9 – May 12, 2023
  • 94th BLET Day Class: July 31 – December 5, 2023

Randolph Community College’s 768 hour Basic Law Enforcement Training certificate program will give you the essential skills required for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer with state, county, or municipal agencies, or with private enterprises.

Students will learn:

  • Driving skills
  • Firearms usage and safety
  • Investigative and patrol procedures
  • Mechanics of arrest
  • Search and seizure laws
  • Criminal, juvenile, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws
  • Ethics and community relations
  • De-escalation techniques and dealing with special populations
Your training will include physical fitness training. All candidates must pass the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) and the state exam in order to qualify as a law enforcement officer. The POPAT is based from a task analysis and is designed to test the participant’s ability to perform essential functions of the job of a law enforcement officer.

You will learn a variety of skills during your studies. These skills will continue to be developed as you start work in the field. Specific skills learned may include the following:

  • Understanding of technical math and writing
  • Ability to problem-solve and identify solutions
  • Communicating effectively with a variety of personalities and skill levels

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings for police and sheriff’s patrol officers in North Carolina is expected to rise 8% through 2024, and 5% nationally through 2024.

In North Carolina, the median salary for police and sheriff’s patrol officers is $45,280 a year, with starting salaries beginning around $31,000 and going as high as $63,000. Nationally, annual salaries can range from $34,230 to $98,510.

  • Must meet with BLET director or assistant. This must be the first step in the process. Call for an appointment at 336-628-4554.
  • Must be 20 years old. A waiver can be obtained if the student will be 20 before the completion of the BLET class.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and provide birth certificate OR naturalization certificate.

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED and provide transcript.

  • Must have a clean criminal history (only minor offenses).

  • Must obtain an Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) check from each county/state resided OR charged in since legally becoming an adult (age 16 in N.C./age 18 in some states). Other criminal history requirements will be explained at your meeting with BLET director.

  • Must have a valid N.C. driver’s license and provide a copy.

  • Must pass a medical exam (we provide the forms).

  • Must obtain sponsorship from a N.C. Law Enforcement Agency and must maintain sponsorship once enrolled to remain in BLET.

  • Must complete the BLET application form and have it notarized.

  • Must take a reading test and score a 10th grade reading level prior to acceptance into BLET. Appointments will be scheduled during the first meeting with BLET director.

  • Must meet other requirements set by RCC and the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

  • All of the previously stated requirements must be complete and confirmed 30 days before classes start.

RCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program has been accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. To receive accreditation, RCC had to meet certain criteria including documentation of instructor qualifications; facility requirements such as space and lighting; equipment needs such as audiovisual equipment and automobiles for training; and availability of reference materials.

BLET students complete their training at RCC’s Emergency Services Training Center, located at 895 Training Center Drive, just outside of Asheboro. The facility includes a firing range, a target range, a driving range, an obstacle course, a rappelling tower, classrooms, a burn building, a tactical building, and storage areas.

Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Law Enforcement Program or is your agency is interested in partnering with RCC to offer law enforcement training? We're here to help.

Angela Lucas
Administrative Assistant for Emergency Services Training Center