The Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Sampson Community College is celebrating its 30th year of producing top officers to help serve the community.
Even as the celebration gets under way, instructors are preparing for the next class of cadets to begin the program in January of 2016. A pre-orientation meeting for the upcoming BLET students is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Occupational Building, room 140.
During this meeting, according to Jennifer Wiley, Criminal Justice Department chairwoman, prospective students will receive an overview of the BLET expectations and take the required test. Students’ scores must meet a minimum of a tenth grade reading level.
“BLET at Sampson Community College has been offered since 1985, per records located, and this year we celebrate 30 years of producing top officers for our community and beyond,” Wiley said.
Classes for the next session, she pointed out, will begin Jan. 19 and run Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with several evenings scheduled for the firing range and driving.
“The class allows for up to 24 participants and we are currently accepting the application packets for the program,” Wiley said. “In order to have a seat in the program, the packet must be completed in its entirety and it is first come, first served. Currently, we have several of the seats filled, but there is still time left and room available for those who meet the entry requirements and are interested to enroll.”
According to Wiley, most of the instructors in the program are from local law enforcement agencies and many were once BLET students at Sampson Community College.
“Over the years, they sharpened their law enforcement skills and training, rose through the ranks in their agencies and have come back around to invest in our students which is such a benefit to our local and surrounding communities where these students choose to work,” added Wiley. “Many of our students have joined local agencies such as Clinton Police Department, Sampson Sheriff’s Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and others”
In November, Wiley said, the department offered a Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Job Fair, where many agencies attended. Those agencies include the Clinton Police Department, Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, Goldsboro Police Department, Dunn Police Department, Smithfield Police Department, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Fayetteville Police Department, Fuquay Varina Police Department and Raleigh Police Department.
“Each of those agencies spent time talking about their openings with fair attendees, many of which were previous BLET graduates and current cadets,” shared Wiley. We look forward to being able to have another Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement job fair in the Spring, as we will have two academies graduating in early June 2016.”
Currently, the evening BLET students are finishing the fingerprinting and photographing part of the curriculum, which is taught by Sgt. Adrian Mathews of the Clinton Police Department.
“One of the greatest benefits to attending BLET at SCC is the expertise and knowledge that our instructors offer our students,” Wiley said.
To apply for the Spring Day BLET, a Basic Law Enforcement Training packet must be completed and submitted. These packets can be obtained in the North Building on the SCC Campus Room 201 or in Student Services. For more information, please visit www.sampsoncc.edu or contact Sharon West at 910-592-8081, ext. 2500.
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