Law Enforcement In-Service Training

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Western Piedmont Community College provides in-service training opportunities for current law enforcement officers and Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) for individuals interested in a career in law enforcement.

Basic Law Enforcement Training

Learn more about WPCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program.

In-Service Training

To register for an in-service training course, you must download, complete, and submit the Law Enforcement Training Center Registration Form back to WPCC. The form is available by clicking the button under each course description in the calendar below, and instructions on how to submit the registration are included with the download. You must complete a registration form when you sign up for each class. Multiple officers from a law enforcement agency may register on one form. To view course descriptions and access the registration form, click the date or course name in the calendar. For more information, please contact Robin Nutt at (828) 448-3135 or at

Class Offerings

Here are the scheduled law enforcement in-service training classes currently being offered by WPCC. To register, click or tap the ”Register for This Class” button underneath the description.

If you would prefer a course listing in a calendar format, you can access it here.

Radar Operator Re-Certification

Date: September 12-13, 2019
Time: 0800-1700 (16 Hours)
Location: Moore Hall – M15
Instructor: Major Billy R. Bradshaw

Course Description:

To maintain and enhance the skills necessary to operate radar speed measuring instruments. Trainee’s agency must provide a vehicle and radar(s) for practice and testing.


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Use of Force Risk Management for Officers

Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 0800-1730
Location: Carr Hall – 112
Instructor: Gerald Takano

Course Description:

This course is part of the Use of Force Risk Management series and is designed for the frontline deputy/officer. Use of Force Risk Management requires an understanding of many factors. Training for officers in Use of Force Risk Management is not provided in BLET. This course provides a clear understanding of use of force risk. With the use of force, risk cannot be eliminated. It can only be minimized and managed. Understanding and applying the four elements of reasonable force (Knowledge, Skills, Decision Making, Documentation) are given in this course. This allows officers to assess their current risk and know how to improve it. Reasonable force knowledge and skills are not enough to minimize risk. Officers must be proficient in decision-making under threat. This course breaks down decision-making into a process that can be done quickly in rapidly evolving circumstances and does not need to be changed depending upon the level of threat. De-escalation skills are useful, but can put a deputy/officer at greater risk if they are attempted without a good assessment process. Force documentation continues to be a high-risk area. This course provides a process for officers to assess their narratives and ensure it contains all relevant information and be able to confidently testify years later.


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Police Law Institute (PLI)

Date: October 28-November 8, 2019
Time: 0800-1700 all days except November 8, 0800-1200
Location: Carr Hall – 112
Instructor: Andrew Tallmer, Esq.

Course Description:

The course is to provide the skills necessary to conduct enforcement activities associated with search warrants, warrantless searches, interviews, eyewitness identifications and to avoid liability while conducting such activities. Fee is waived for all law enforcement; however each officer must have a laptop; the Arrest, Search and Investigation 5thEdition by Robert L. Farb and the latest supplement; and the PLI “Red” and Green” books. (These materials are REQUIRED) Our bookstore at Western Piedmont Community College can order the materials for the officers and your department can be invoiced. Please call (828) 448-3135 for more information.


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Below 100

Date: November 8, 2019
Time: CHOOSE ONE: 0800-1200 & 1300-1700 (4 Hour class)
Location: Moore Hall – Leviton Auditorium
Instructor: Tom Dirlam (Retired Michigan State Police)

Course Description:

The “Below 100” program, is an initiative aimed at reducing line-of-duty deaths to “below 100”, a number not seen since 1943. In 1974 there was an all-time high of 278 line-of-duty deaths. Since then, innovations in training, emergency medicine, vehicle safety features, as well as the development of ballistic body armor, has contributed to help bring this number down since then. Over the last decade about 150 officers are killed in the line of duty each year. This training will demonstrate how you can help bring that number to “below 100”. “Below 100” has identified five core tenets by which officer safety can be improved – areas where we can make a difference. “Below 100” isn’t about statistics. It’s about each and every officer, trainer and supervisor taking individual and collective responsibility for the decisions and actions that contribute to officer safety.


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