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.

Verbal De-Escalation

Date: April 16 or April 17, 2020 (choose one day)
Time: 0800-1700 (8 hours)
Location: Carr Hall 112
Instructor: Chief Harry Dolan

Course Description:

Provides public safety professionals with time-tested communications skills proven to help de-escalate volatile situations, safeguard fellow officers’ emotional and professional well-being, and significantly enhance the agency’s professional image.


  • Improve public safety professionals’ verbal communication skills
  • Learn proven verbal abuse deflection and redirection techniques
  • Develop techniques to help safeguard team members’ emotional and physical well-being
  • Defuse potentially volatile verbal encounters
  • Avoid the “Rope-A-Dope Syndrome”
  • Increase citizen compliance with lawful directives
  • Raise organizational morale and reduce complaints
  • Manage your verbal triggers and sidestep the ”Niagara Falls Walk”
  • Significantly enhance the agency’s image throughout the commiunity
  • Reduce legal liability
  • Practice ”Verbal Contact & Cover” principles
  • Apply the FAA’s “Sterile Cockpit Rule” on duty
  • tUnderstand the importance of “Chief Dolan’s 24 Hour Rule” as a key component of communication success


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Crisis Intervention Training

Date: April 20-24, 2020
Time: 0800-1700 (40 hours)
Location: Moore Hall 106
Instructor: Jason Whisnant

Course Description:

The training fosters a better understanding of mental illness, reduces stigma and raises awareness of the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. The premise behind CIT is to divert individuals with behavioral health needs to a treatment facility where they can receive help while maintaining public safety.

CIT teaches participants

  • A basic understanding of behavioral health disorders
  • Techniques to de-escalate a crisis situation
  • How to connect individuals with treatment and resources


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Legal Updates

Date: May 19, 2020
Time: 0800-1200 (4 hours); 1300-1700 (4 hours)
           (Class done inn two 4-hour sessions. Officers will only need to register for one session)
Location: Jim Burnett Hall Room 160
Instructor: Police Attorney Bob Thomas

Course Description:

An update to inform officers of current changes in North Carolina General Statutes. This course will satisfy the North Carolina State mandatory In-Service training requirements for Legal Updates.

Bob Thomas is the founding partner of the Thomas & Means Law Firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an author, consultant, teacher, and advisor to law enforcement officials, agencies, and organizations nationwide. He is a certified instructor for the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.


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Standardized Field Sobriety

Date: May 27-29, 2020
Time: 0800-1700 (24 Hours)
Location: Moore Hall 106 & Morganton Public Safety Headquarters
Instructor: PSO Joseph Beaver

Course Description:

To train officers to better detect DWI violations and therefore reduce the number of accidents, deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers.

Special Concern:  One evening session is scheduled during the three days. 

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Basic Homicide Investigation

Date: June 1-5, 2020
Time: 0800-1700 (40 Hours)
Location: Moore Hall 106
Instructor: Miguel Santiago; Terry Brandon (Southeastern Investigative Group)

Course Description:

The study of responding to a homicide scene, documenting the investigation, applying investigative techniques and processing and developing investigative information is the emphasis of this course. Classroom instruction will be lecture style using PowerPoint presentations. Hands-on training will be conducted in an indoor or outdoor field environment. Students will be provided a Basic Homicide Investigation Course handbook. Dress for inclement weather is required.


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Police Law Institute (PLI)

Date: October 5-15, 2020
Time: 0800-1700 (all days except October 15, 0800-1200)
Location: Moore Hall 106
Instructor: Andrew Tammer, 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 5th Edition by Robert L. Farb and the latest supplement; and the PLI “Red” and Green” books. (NOTE: 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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