Cadet Moore's BLET
In order to show what Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is like, the department is following Cadet Christen Moore in her journey to become an officer with the Burlington Police Department. Each week we'll post a little bit about what she is studying in the 18 weeks long training program. Hopefully, as you follow Cadet Moore's journey, you may be encouraged to start your own journey towards employment as an officer with the Burlington Police Department. Click here for more information on how to apply
Meet Cadet Moore:
"My name is Christen Moore. I am 27 years old and mother to three amazing little girls. I grew up in Mebane, NC and currently still live there. I graduated from Eastern Alamance in 2008 and was a member of the National Honor Society. I worked as a CNA for six years, five of which were at Alamance Regional Medical Center. After leaving, I became a 911 dispatcher for Alamance County. Near the end of 2017, I decided to follow my dream and pursue a career in law enforcement. Everyone always asks me, 'Why law enforcement?' Well, my answer is simple, I enjoy helping others and working as a part of a team. The thought of knowing that at the end of the day, I have helped to not only make a difference in someone else's life, but, also, in the community in which I grew up is more satisfying that I believe I could personally get from any other career."
The first week of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) lays the foundation for the whole course. Christen is starting her journey as a City of Burlington Cadet in Alamance Community College's 18 weeks BLET program. She and her classmates will spend the week with their noses in a book. The class will cover ethics for professional law enforcement and arrest, and search and seizure constitutional law.
This week has provided an extensive introduction to the procedures involved in arrests, searches, and seizures, in addition to the constitutional and statutory law that governs these practices. We are also learning to work together as a team and build our leadership, discipline, and communication skills. This week Christen learned about statutory law, ethics, and elements of criminal law. These subjects will be her foundation for the rest of the Academy and her career. She had her first physical assessment this week where she was introduced to the Police Officers Agility Test (POPAT) and a baseline physical assessment.
This week Christen learned about criminal procedures with juveniles and the distinctions between adults and juvenile offenders. The second block of instruction gave extensive lessons in application of field note-taking and report writing which focused on the importance of documenting clear details in preparation for criminal prosecution.
This week Christen learned about proper radio procedures and the information systems our officers use in the performance of their duties. She, also, learned about motor vehicle law including impaired driving offenses.
This week Christen learned about subject control and arrest techniques. During this block, Christen learned safe and proper techniques to utilized during arrest scenarios. christen was also exposed to pepper spray and learned the importance of how it affects people.
This week Christen and the class learned how to handle situations dealing with individuals with mental illness and/or disabilities. She had practicals with different scenarios to see how the class would respond when put in different situations.She ended the week learning how to fingerprint people and, of course, some physical training.
This week Christen and the class learned the importance of being a first responder. They learned how to assess visible signs and symptoms of patients with different medical conditions and how to triage patients in the field. They became CPR certified during class. The class also changed the flowers and paid their respects to Burlington Police K-9 Andy, who was fatally injured in the line of duty 23 years ago pursuing an armed felony suspect.
This week Christen and the class were introduced to the many phases of conducting criminal investigations. They gained exposure to each step of the process to include the initial response, interviewing potential witnesses and victims, conducting crime scene processing, and the most important step of producing a thorough investigative report documenting your actions taken. During this week, they left the normal classroom setting and participated in field work where they put much of their classroom knowledge to practice and process a mock crime scene.
This week Christen and the BLET class were introduced to the extensive duties associated with Law Enforcement Driver Training. This block of instruction begins with several days of lecture learning the many steps to becoming a safe operator of a law enforcement vehicle. The understanding of vehicle dynamics, physics related to driving, the use of proper safety equipment, and the laws relating to the emergency vehicle operation were among many topics discussed.
During this week, they left the normal classroom and setting and got behind the wheel of patrol vehicles in simulated courses to prepare them for all types of situations. Both daylight and nighttime classes were held to ensure that exposure to all elements could be experienced. This particular sessions is one of great importance in building excellent safe driving skills, techniques, and forming good habits for the future.
This week Christen and the BLET class continued their mastery of Law Enforcement Driver Training. This week consisted of all track time to include both daylight and nighttime sessions. This particular block of instruction is very extensive and important to ensure that officers are both mentally and physically ready for this multi-tasking discipline. A patrol officer will spend up to 75-80% of their duty day behind the wheel of a vehicle, this type of training is crucial to ensure their safety and to sharpen their skills for the future.
This week Christen and the BLET class were introduce to firearms training. The week consisted of several days of classroom time learning the fundamental components of a firearm and the safe handling of them. The rest of the week was spent outside on the firing range learning how to use their service weapon properly. This particular block of instruction is very extensive and important to ensure that officers understand the magnitude of being armed and the responsibility of making decisions.
This week Christen and the class were introduced to courtroom procedures and techniques of the traffic law enforcement. During the week she learned the processes of preparing a case for prosecution, testifying in the courtroom, being cross-examined, and the adjudication of cases. She and her classmates participated in a mock trial scenario where they practiced these functions. Later in the week, they learned the procedures in handling traffic stops and also participated in scenario-based training to put these practices to work in real-world situations.
On Friday before class began, Christen and several of her classmates volunteered at the Special Olympics Spring Games at Elon University. These great athletes enjoyed the competition, and these aspiring officers had a great time as well.
This week Christen and the BLET class were introduced to domestic violence investigations, crowd management and began learning about the processes of conducting interviews. In each block of instruction, they were exposed to the important aspects of interacting with persons facing trauma and how to communicate effectively. De-escalation techniques are a key fundamental taught to aid in mastering this art.
This week Christen and the BLET class were introduced to the topics of custody transportation and detention procedures, explosives and hazardous materials, and the administrative court procedures. While these are small details in the daily tasks of law enforcement officers, it is important to understand and maintain a strong working knowledge.
The class is nearing its conclusion with only a few weeks left. Christen and her classmates have worked hard and bonded as a team. This week The entire class completed their physical fitness assessment and are in great shape.
This week Christen and the BLET class were introduce tot he topics of crash investigations and civil process procedures. Both sessions cover topics which are critical for a law enforcement to understand and be able to utilize. On Thursday, the class participated in the Alamance County Law Enforcement Memorial Service as part of National Police Week, This allowed them to share and remember the ten fallen officers from Alamance County and the dedication they had for our community. They paid the ultimate sacrifice for their work, and their commitment does not go unnoticed. These cadets will carry out the same spirit of service in their daily lives as they protect and serve.
This week Christen and the rest of the BLET class completed their training and graduated ready to become officers with their respective departments. Good luck to Christen and all of the other graduates! We look forward to seeing what you do.