Basic Law Enforcement Training

The MCC Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) academy prepares students for entry-level employment as law-enforcement officers in the public sector or private sector. The BLET curriculum provides practical and knowledge-based exercises with an emphasis on ethics. The college offers BLET throughout the year, with new sessions generally starting in January and July. These courses are offered through the MCC Division of Continuing Education.

Registration

The following forms are available for BLET registration:

BLET Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission into a BLET course are as follows:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States;
  • Must be 20 years of age at the completion of training.
  • Priority admission is given to individuals holding full-time employment with criminal justice agencies;
  • Must provide to the School Director a medical examination report, properly completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, a physician's assistant, or a nurse practitioner, to determine the individual's fitness to perform the essential job functions of a criminal justice officer.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. High school diplomas earned through correspondence enrollment are not recognized toward the educational requirements.
  • Must take a standardized reading comprehension test and score at the tenth-grade level or higher within one year prior to entrance into Basic Law Enforcement Training.
  • Must provide to the School Director a certified criminal record check for local and state records for the time period since the trainee has become an adult and from all locations where the trainee has resided since becoming an adult. An Administrative Office of the Courts criminal record check or a comparable out-of-state criminal record check will satisfy this requirement.
  • Must have not been convicted of any of a felony or:
    • a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two years; or
    • a crime or unlawful act defined as a "Class B misdemeanor" within the five year period prior to the date of application for employment unless the individual intends to seek certification through the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission; or
    • four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as "Class B Misdemeanors" regardless of the date of conviction; or
    • four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as "Class A Misdemeanors" except the trainee may be enrolled if the last conviction occurred more than two years prior to the date of enrollment; or
    • combination of four or more "Class A Misdemeanors" or "Class B Misdemeanors" regardless of the date of conviction unless the individual intends to seek certification through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

Every individual who is admitted as a trainee in a presentation of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course shall notify the School Director of all criminal offenses which the trainee is arrested for or charged with, pleads no contest to, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of, and notify the School Director of all Domestic Violence Orders (G.S. 50B) which are issued by a judicial official and which provide an opportunity for both parties to be present.

Meet The Coordinator

Wayland Mitchell is MCC’s full-time BLET Training Coordinator. Mitchell brings a variety of law-enforcement experience that makes him especially qualified to prepare students for the many different careers in the field: municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices, private-security companies, school resource officers, and investigation.

Born in Greensboro, Mitchell was raised in Ahoskie, North Carolina and graduated from Ahoskie High School in 1987. He obtained his BLET certification from College of the Albemarle and his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Elizabeth City State University.

He began his law-enforcement career in the Williamston Police Department, from which he moved to the Elizabeth City police force. Within two years, he accepted a position as a school-resource officer at Northeastern High School in Pasquotank County. Eventually, Mitchell returned to the Elizabeth City Police Department as an investigator and obtained the rank of Sergeant. During this time, he also began teaching for the BLET program at College of the Albemarle and has continued teaching there on a part-time basis.

Most recently, Mitchell worked for the City of Greenville Police Department. However, he moved back to the Elizabeth City area to take a job with Harvey Point Defense Testing Activity in Hertford, NC. While there, he became a part-time Qualified Assistant in the state’s BLET program, which eventually led him to Martin Community College.

Contact Mr. Mitchell to learn more about customized training for your department, registering for a class, changes in upcoming programs, certification requirements, or learning more about the BLET training services available at MCC.

All Upcoming Courses

Contact

Wayland Mitchell, BLET Training Coordinator
wmitchell@martincc.edu
252-789-0267 - Office
252-789-1199 - Fax
Building 1, Room 29 - Office