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Wilmington’s ten newest police officers graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) on February 6. The ceremony took place in City Council Chambers at City Hall.
State Representative Carolyn Justice was the guest speaker for the event.
The graduation marked the end of the first phase of training for the new officers. On February 9, the graduates hit the streets with their Police Training Officers (PTOs). Working under the guidance and close supervision of a PTO and a Sergeant, the new officers will complete an additional 16 weeks of practical training in the field. If their performance is satisfactory during the PTO program, they will be released to work alone.
The graduation included the traditional badge-pinning ceremony, symbolizing the beginning of the police officers’ new vocation. Graduates invited family members or significant others in their lives to assist in pinning the badge.
For more information about B.L.E.T. curriculum or other aspects of training, please call (910) 343-3955.
Visit the WPD Recruitment page to learn more about becoming a Wilmington Police Officer.
Visit the Wilmington Police Department webpage.