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    Oct 27, 2020  
2013-14 Gaston College Catalog 

Public Safety

Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (C55120)

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Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal government, or with private enterprise.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of legal issues required to be a beginning level police officer.
  2. Demonstrate proper patrol techniques required to be a beginning level police officer.
  3. Demonstrate the basic communication skills required to be a beginning level police officer.
  4. Demonstrate proper investigative techniques required to be a beginning level police officer.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable practical skills required to be a beginning level police officer.
  6. Demonstrate the sheriff specific duties required to be a beginning level police officer.

Admission Requirements

  1. Student must be twenty (20) years old at the time of course registration.
  2. Student must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  3. Student is required to have a personal interview with the Criminal Justice Academy Director.
  4. Student should present a letter of recommendation or sponsorship from the chief/sheriff of a police department, but not a requirement.
  5. Student must present a clean criminal record report (no felonies).
  6. Student must complete a COMPASS Placement Test administered by the staff of Gaston College prior to enrollment. Contact the Admissions Office at 704-922-6214 for an appointment to schedule your test.
  7. Student must possess a valid driver’s license.

    *Priority admission is granted to those individuals holding full-time employment with criminal justice agencies.

Total Semester Hour Credits: 19

Day and Evening Basic Law Enforcement Training Program Course List


1.   Course Orientation 3
2.   Physical Fitness Training 54
3.   Ethics for Professional Law Enforcement 4
4.   Arrest, Search & Seizure/Constitutional Law 28
5.   Elements of Criminal Law 24
6.   Communication Skills for Law Enforcement Officers 8
7.   Law Enforcement Radio Procedures and Information Systems 8
8.   Field Notetaking & Report Writing 12
9.   Interviews: Field & In-Custody 16
10.   Subject Control/Arrest Techniques 40
11.   Juvenile Law & Procedures 10
12.   Fingerprinting & Photographing Arrestees 6
13.   Dealing With Victims & the Public 10
14.   Firearms 48
15.   Criminal Investigation 34
16.   ABC Laws & Procedures 4
17.   Motor Vehicle Law 20
18.   Law Enforcement Driver Training 40
19.   Crime Prevention Techniques 6
20.   First Responder 32
21.   Domestic Violence Response 12
22.   Controlled Substances 12
23.   Techniques of Traffic Law Enforcement 24
24.   In-Custody Transportation 8
25.   Traffic Crash Investigation 20
26.   Explosives & Hazardous Materials Emergencies 12
27.   Individuals with Mental Illness & Mental Retardation 8
28.   Crowd Management 12
29.   Preparing for Court & Testifying in Court 12
30.   Patrol Techniques 26
31.   Sheriff’s Responsibilities: Detention Duties 4
32.   Sheriff’s Responsibilities: Court Duties 6
33.   Civil Process 24
34.   Anti-Terrorism 4
35.   Rapid Deployment 8
36.   Human Trafficking 2
    POPAT 4
    Testing 14
    Course Review 5
    TOTAL 624



Students who successfully complete the BLET program at Gaston College are awarded 12 credit hours towards the Associate in Criminal Justice Technology degree.

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