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Basic Law Enforcement Training

Basic Law Enforcement Training prepares students for a career as police and public safety officers. Students are required to attend a rigorous program of classes and physical training.

Law enforcement personCatawba Valley Community College's Basic Law Enforcement Training program provides the basic skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.  Topics are divided into general units of study:  legal, patrol duties, law enforcement communications, investigations, practical application and sheriff-specific.  Upon successful completion, the student will be able to demonstrate competence in the topics and areas required for the state comprehensive certification examination.  The program requires more than 600 contact hours.

Rigorous hands-on training introduces you to the handling of firearms, driving a police vehicle and subject control.  A stringent physical fitness training module is also included.

Upon successful completion of all facets of the program, students may take the Basic Law Enforcement certification examination administered by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Division during regionalized testing.  After passing this exam, graduates may be eligible for employment as a sworn law enforcement officer with various agencies.

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 For more information, contact Debbie Chafin at 828-327-7000 ext. 4122.