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BLET Technical Standards

Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to analyze information and evaluate results in order to choose the best solution to solve problems.

Examples of Standards:

Be able to handle dangerous and stressful situations.

Have the ability to analyze existing evidence and facts.

Make instant decisions based on existing conditions.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Definition of Standards:

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas through words and sentences.

Examples of Standards:

 Evaluate complaint and emergency related information to determine response requirements.

Interact with citizens verbally, physically, and in writing.

Testify in court to present evidence or act as a witness.

Interview crime witnesses or victims to obtain information.

Make public presentations on law enforcement issues.

Prepare written reports.

Have the ability to negotiate and resolve disputes.

Coping Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to respond appropriately to stressful environments.

Examples of Standards:

Manage academic schedules and deadlines.

Demonstrate the ability to work with frequent interruptions.

Respond appropriately to unexpected situations.

To cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Posses the ability to make and execute quick, appropriate, and accurate decisions in a stressful environment.

Having the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well in a myriad of situations.

Mobility/Motor Skills

Definition of Standards:

Operating vehicles, mechanized devices or equipment in dangerous environments.

Identifying objects, actions, and events.

Documenting and recording information.

Resolving conflict.

Evaluating information to determine compliance with laws.

Physically fit in order to use force when necessary to make an arrest or prevent injury.

Examples of Standards:

Apply appropriate physical restraint.

Apprehend or arrest suspect of criminal act.

Conduct searches and investigations.

Direct human or motor vehicle traffic.

Drive law enforcement vehicles in dangerous situations.

Gather physical evidence.

Maintain firearms proficiency.

Operate emergency equipment.

Patrol or guard premises.

Chase and apprehend suspects resisting lawful arrest.

Maintain physical condition in order to provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.

Ability to work long hours and night or evening shifts.

Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

Sensory Abilities

Definition of Standards:

Must meet vision and hearing standards established by the State of North Carolina and/or employing agency.

Examples of Standards:

Must be physically fit in order to carry out duties of a police officer, including but not limited to: defending against an aggressive subject, using physical force to restrain and arrest a suspect, pursue on foot a fleeing suspect. Must be able to also properly use an array of firearms and weapons.

Behavioral/Emotional Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic.

Examples of Standards:

Demonstrate initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm, honesty, cooperation, and industrious behavior.

Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriate.

Demonstrate respect for the community, other education professionals and the profession of Criminal Justice.

Perform duties efficiently, willingly, and thoroughly.

Present professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene.