DOBSON — Thirteen students graduated from Surry Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program recently and passed the State Comprehensive Written Examination administered by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Standards Division.
This is the 11th-consecutive Surry Community College BLET class to earn a 100-percent passing rate for the exam.
“The college is so proud of our BLET program,” said Dr. David Shockley, college president.
“The students performed admirably throughout the entire course of instruction, and our faculty are second to none. Additionally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our entire law enforcement community whose continued support allows our BLET program to achieve these results.”
Justin McLamb received the Max Blackburn Award, which was created to honor the original law enforcement director for Surry Community College. Max Blackburn established the BLET program at the college and was a well-respected educator in the region. BLET instructors vote for students who demonstrate the most positive attributes of a law enforcement officer in the Max Blackburn Award process.
McLamb was also given the Greg Martin Award, which honors the memory of Patrol Sgt. Gregory Keith Martin of the Jonesville Police Department, who was a BLET graduate from the college killed in the line of duty. The Greg Martin Award recipient is selected by a class vote when students elect whom they would most want as a backup officer on a serious call.
Dillon Dunn received the Ernest L. Yokely Award for having the highest score on the Firearms Topic averaging the written test score, and daytime and nighttime firing scores together. Seth Haynes was recognized for achieving the fastest Police Officer Physical Abilities Test time amongst the graduates. Jodie Beketov was recognized for obtaining the highest grade point average.
The spring 2017 BLET Day Class graduates are: Jodie Nile Beketov, Melody Kay Capper, Matthew Tyler Cassell, Dillon Ross Dunn, Rebecca Dawn Gunter, Seth Thomas Haynes, Joseph Peter Logan, Justin Robert McLamb, Stephen Lewis Nelson, Wesley Madison Overby, Christopher Dale Spears, Jonathan Michael Stevens, and John Chase Thompson.
The BLET graduation was held on June 23 in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on Surry’s campus in Dobson.
Surry Community College conducts three Basic Law Enforcement Training courses each year. All three classes are open for enrollment for 2018.
Day Course I will run from Jan. 22 through June 15 and will meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus 12 nights from 1 to 10 p.m. The Night Course is scheduled from May 14 to Dec. 13; it will meet Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day Course II is scheduled for July 23 through Dec. 13; it will meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus 12 nights from 1 to 10 p.m.
This course is accredited by the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission. Persons desiring to become a sworn law enforcement officer in North Carolina must successfully complete this course in its entirety and pass a state exam. This course consists of 680 hours of training and includes classroom and practical skills. To qualify for admission, an individual must meet the same requirements as those mandated by the N.C. Criminal Justice Standards/N.C. Sheriffs’ Standards Commission for a sworn law enforcement officer.
Course fees include $180 for tuition, $630 for books, a $125 material fee, and approximately $200 for uniforms. Course tuition may be waived through a law enforcement agency sponsorship. Students may also attend by paying the tuition personally. Prospective students must contact Ron Hill at (336) 386-3292 or Sandy Wall at (336) 386-3202 for an interview appointment and to receive the application packet.