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Who or what trains future Wilmington police officers?

Ashley Morris

Q. Who or what trains future Wilmington police officers? And, on a much broader scale, who or what determines how and by whom police are trained across the U.S.? Are there state or federal guidelines/rules used to train cadets?

A. Aspiring police officers for the Wilmington Police Department must complete a basic law enforcement training (BLET) certification program before they can be sworn in.

The Wilmington Police Department collaborates with Cape Fear Community College’s BLET program, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Aspiring officers can either complete the course and then apply for a position with the WPD, or apply for WPD sponsorship for the BLET program. Sponsorships for the program do not guaruntee employment after certification.

Different states have different police training standards. The NC Department of Justice outlines police training standards here: www.ncdoj.gov/About-DOJ/Law-Enforcement-Training-and-Standards.aspx

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