JSCC holding Basic Law Enforcement Training night course

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - For those behind the badge, the job of keeping people safe requires extensive training, but the opportunity to take that required coursework may not come so easy for everyone, so one Eastern Carolina Community College is trying to help.

James Sprunt Community College is now holding a Basic Law Enforcement Training night course.

The training course, also known as BLET, will begin January 29, 2018, and will be held from 6-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

James Sprunt says it's been several years since they've offered BLET at these hours and they're excited to bring back the course for those students who have other commitments during the daytime.

In BLET, students will gain legal knowledge, firearms training, and also be required to pass a physical fitness assessment.

The program director, Chief Eric Southerland, says he hopes the course will address a growing decline of law enforcement recruits.

"It's a great opportunity and I'm passionate about training, passionate about getting the new recruits the valuable tools and education that they need," he says.

Southerland, who is also the chief of the Warsaw Police Department, says that students will complete 640 hours of training and will be prepared to take the state exam at the end of the course.

The course begins the end of January 2018 will run through mid-August.

Southerland also says seating for the course is limited and those interested should contact James Sprunt for a program application as soon as possible.

You must be at least twenty years old.