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.

Detention Officers Certification Course

Date: May 25 – June 25, 2021
Time: 0800-1700
Location: Moore Hall 106
Instructor: Steve Warren and staff

Course Description:

The course has been developed by N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission as a means of training people to function as an inexperienced detention officer upon your successful completion of the course.


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Telecommunicator Certification Class

Date: April 19 – 26, 2021 
Time: 0800 – 1700 (49.5 Hours)
Location: Moore Hall 106
Instructor: Callicut/Ledwell/Isabell/Reid 
Note: You must already be hired as an Emergency Services Telecommunicator in order to attend this class. 

Course Description:

Course Description:  This course goal is to provide participants with the entry level knowledge and skills to practice as an emergency services telecommunicator. 

  • To define the role and explain characteristics of professional telecommunicators, stress and the telecommunicators, telecommunicator’s Code of Ethics. 
  • Identify & demonstrate the operation of major equipment 
  • Identify major information resources 
  • Differentiate between organization, general operation, terminology, common service, fire & emergency, medical services, and the NC Division of Emergency Management 
  • Demonstrate common call reception 
  • Identify civil liability 
  • Identify basic radio broadcast techniques 
  • Demonstrate a telecommunications training practicum 


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Shooting Reconstruction Course

Date: April 12 – April 14, 2021
Time: 0800-1700 (24 Hours)
Location: Moore Hall 106
Instructor: Sgt. Miguel Santtiago and Det. Terry Brandon

Course Description:

This three day course will benefit crime scene investigators, detectives and anyone involved with law enforcement that investigates shooting incidents. This course will help the criminal investigator in identifying, documenting and collecting all the evidence at a shooting scene to assist them in reconstructing the shooting incident. The students will learn how to use the tools necessary to determine the projectile’s trajectory and possible location of the shooter and/or victim at the time of the shooting. Students will also learn to examine the ballistic evidence to determine type of weapons used during the shooting incident. The students will incorporate the lessons learned during the classroom in hands-on scenarios that will enhance the learning process. Course includes 10 hours lecture and 14 hours of hands-on training.

Course Objectives Classroom Training

Focus of the Investigation: Learn procedures for preserving evidence, determining cause and manner of death, identify, locate and interview witnesses to the incident, identify and collect evidence, reconstruct the event to determine if statements are consistent, and maintain impartiality throughout the investigation.

Shooting Scene: Learn to describe the crime scene in detail, determine what happened, note your observations of the decedent, secure all expended casings, secure all projectiles, locate all bullet holes, identify all vehicles involved, identify all sources of area lighting, identify blood spatter/stains, and obtain all 911 calls and radio traffic recordings.

Shooting Investigation: Learn to debrief the responding officer, processing and documenting the evidence, identify and document the types and number of vehicles involved, provide a description and diagram of the shooting scene, identify the location and movement of all officers, suspects, witnesses, and identify the paths of all bullets fired.

Officer Involved Shooting Protocol: Learn to apply established procedures to document, collect and preserve evidence such as gunshot residue, bullets and expended cartridges, bullet holes, ricochets, bullet impact marks, clothing, blood spatter and trace evidence.

Ballistics: Learn about the behavior of a bullet within the confines of a gun barrel as it relates to the number of lands and grooves and the direction of twist. Learn of the bullet’s behavior upon exiting the barrel of a weapon and the projectiles’ effect upon impact with the target.

Angle of Impact: Learn to use the tools to determine the approximate angle of impact. Learn to use the scientific calculator, trajectory rods, protractor, plum bob, string and lasers to determine angles of impact.

Documentation: Learn to document a shooting scene by way of measurements, photography, lasers, trajectory rods and protractors. Learn to review all documents, such as witness statements, photographs, and crime scene sketches to finalize an official police report.


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New Drug Investigator Course

Date: May 3 – May 7, 2021
Time: 0800-1700
Location: FHEC 234
Instructor:William Loucks

Who Should Attend

New drug, gang, and CID investigators. Patrol officers, deputies, command elements, and supervisors overseeing drug and gang units. “Seasoned” drug cops who have not had formalized classroom training within the last two years. District Attorney’s, Judges, and Magistrates.

Course Description:

The new drug investigators course is the cornerstone foundation of the world of any controlled substance investigation. The term “new” refers to new and up-to-date drug trends, hazards, and information that most investigators don’t know. Students will have in-depth knowledge of the most prevalent controlled substances currently on the market. These new drug trends ultimately change the dynamics of how we do controlled buys and takedowns.

Students will also learn how to properly develop, use, manage confidential informants’ (CI’s) and our legal obligations with them.

Students will also learn how to complete operational orders for controlled buys, search warrants, and risk analysis for undercover operations. During this class, students will plan and conduct a controlled undercover buy and knock and talk investigation.

Students will have hands-on demos and use of covert surveillance and electronic listening/monitoring devices.

Students will learn that Mexican cartels are operating in NC, the areas of their operations, and how to identify them during cases or calls for service.

This course will also cover the following:

  • In-depth instruction on controlled substances
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Dealers vs. users
  • Overdose death investigations
  • Mexican drug cartel indicators
  • Intelligence resources such as EPIC, NDCAC, HIDTA, DHE, etc.
  • Case files and preparation
  • Individual responsibilities of case detective, cover teams and supervisors
  • Danger indicators in undercover operations
  • Managing confidential funds
  • Case Intelligence
  • Conducting undercover buys and operations
  • North Carolina smuggling trends
  • Building effective relationships with District Attorney’s Offices


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Tactical Care for Law Enforcement (Officer Down)

Date: May 17 or May 18, 2021 (choose one)
Time: 0800-1700
Location: Moore Hall 106 and Rutherford College Elementary School
Instructor: Forrest S. Laxton and Austin Acheson (US Marshals Service)

Course Description:

The course provides law enforcement with the knowledge and skills to help mitigate the loss of life in tactical environments not yet safe for EMS personnel.  It is also specifically designed to assist officers in treating themselves and/or their teammates when taking direct fire in a hostile environment.  Instruction is based on the DOD’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) model in treating casualties under fire, preventing additional casualties, and evacuation planning in effort to continue the mission.  The learning format includes lecture, lab and skill-building scenarios.

Officers should bring their normal duty holster and uniform equipment.  If plain clothes, just normal duty clothing and equipment.  There will be simunitions used during the practical exercises, so officers should bring proper eye protection. In addition, officers should bring their individual first aid kit along with a tourniquet, if issued. Training tourniquets will be provided.


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Police Law Institute

Date: May 17 – May 28, 2021
Time: 0800-1700 (all days except May 28, 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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