Make a difference in your community!
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—as Americans, these are our unquestionable rights. But there will always be people who will try and take these rights away from us. That is why law enforcement exists.
If you are willing to make a commitment and work hard, law enforcement can be very rewarding.
Although police work can be dangerous and stressful, it provides a satisfaction unlike any other career field. City, county, and state police officers protect lives and property, they safeguard the innocent and weak, they keep order and uphold the laws of our nation, states, and cities.
Duties can vary widely, from pursuing and arresting criminals, enforcing traffic laws, investigating burglaries or other crimes, to directing traffic and processing paperwork.
Law enforcement officers need to possess certain personal characteristics such as honesty, integrity, and good judgment. They should enjoy interacting with the public and developing relationships in the community.
Police officers must also be physically fit. Officers might be required to work on foot patrol or run after and physically restrain suspects.
What will you study?
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.
RCC’s BLET program’s day and evening classes start in late July and day-only classes start in January.
Skills you will learn
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
Employment and salary trends
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.
Basic Law Enforcement Training Admissions Requirements
- Must meet with BLET director or assistant. This must be the first step in the process. Call for an appointment at 336-628-4552.
- 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 NC 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.
Emergency Services Training Center
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.