Sampson Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training classes participated in crowd management instruction earlier this week.
The goal is to familiarize students with the psychological aspects of crowds and present procedures used by law enforcement officers to control crowds, demonstrations, and civil disorders. Students participated in a controlled exposure exercise where they focused on the proper use of the gas mask to include donning and clearing the mask in an exposure exercise.
The lead instructor for crowd management was Lt. Robbie King of the Clinton Police Department. King is a 1995 graduate of Sampson Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Sgt. A. Clowney of the Clinton Police Department assisted with the class.
About the program
For nearly 30 years, Sampson Community College has been producing some of the finest law enforcement officers across the state.
According to Jennifer Wiley, director of the BLET program, the program has been around and a part of the community college’s curriculum for quite some time. Records indicate the program dates back to September 1985, when the Department of Community Colleges issued approval to Sampson Technical College (SCC’s former name) to offer BLET.
“The Basic Law Enforcement program has 36 blocks of commission mandated instruction and it is designed to prepare entry-level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills needed to become certified law enforcement officers in North Carolina,” Wiley said. “The blocks of instruction include firearms, driver training with time on the driving track, motor vehicle law, arrest, search and seizure, just to name a few.”
Throughout the courses, she added, students experience practical exercises and receive training in ethics.
Throughout the programs nearly 30 years, Wiley said many graduates have successfully completed the training and continued to become a member of a local law enforcement agency.
“Many students have come through our Criminal Justice Technology Degree program as well as our Basic Law Enforcement Training program over the years,” the director said. “Many of our students have found jobs right here serving our community with agencies such as the Clinton Police Department, Sampson Sheriff’s Department, and also the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.”
In addition to graduates being employed locally, Wiley said most of the program’s instructors are local officers who serve in Sampson County. Many, not all, she added, are graduates of SCC’s BLET program and now share their expertise and experience with the current students.
“Not only are most of our instructor’s sworn officers, but they also hold General Instructor Certification along with any specialty certifications that are required to teach certain courses,” Wiley said. “Our instructors share considerable knowledge and experience with our BLET students. I know their efforts contribute to our students’ development of essential industry knowledge and skills.”