Apr 16, 2024  
2015-2016 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 employment or sponsorship from the chief/sheriff of a police department, but not a requirement.
  5. Student must present an acceptable criminal record report (no felonies).
  6. Student must complete the Accuplacer 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.

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
  Testing 15
  Course Review 4
  TOTAL 624

Total Program Hours: 19


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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