The academy consist of intelligent men and women who are employed, or sponsored, by the Sheriff’s Office and has the desire to further their education and the career objective to obtain a sworn position in law enforcement.
The Sheriff’s Academy is conducted in a para-military environment. While many of the principles and practices of military training are utilized in BLET, the goals differ from that of the military. All training practices in the Sheriff’s Academy are aimed at one result, the creation of an entry level officer who has acquired a high level of job knowledge, who is prepared for the physical challenges of the job, who has developed a professional appearance and attitude, and who appreciates the benefits of treating people with dignity and respect.
In conjunction with Cape Fear Community College the Academy is a full-time program conducted over a period of 16 weeks and consisting of 624 hours of training. Class sessions are held Monday through Friday starting at 8:00 a.m.