DOBSON — Seven 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.
The BLET graduation was held on the college campus in Dobson. The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony was Lt. Gerald Lefevre of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. This is the ninth consecutive BLET class to achieve a 100-percent passing rate for the State Comprehensive Written Examination.
K-la Peak received the Max Blackburn Award, which was created to honor the original law enforcement director for the school. 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.
Christopher Adams was given the Greg Martin Award, which honors the memory of Martin of the Jonesville Police Department, who was a BLET graduate from SCC 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.
Caleb Hobson received the Ernest L. Yokely Award for having the highest score on the Firearms Topic. The written test score, daytime and nighttime firing scores were all averaged for each student. Hobson was also recognized for having the highest score on the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test.
Additionally, Davis Hutchens was recognized for obtaining the top score for the State Comprehensive Written Examination.
The 2016 BLET Day Class I graduates are: Christopher Adams of Boonville, Andrew Goins of Mount Airy, Caleb Hobson of Mocksville, Davis Hutchens of Yadkinville, Matthew Lambert of Harmony, K-La Peak of Galax, Virginia, and Emily Peterson of Mount Airy.
Surry Community College is enrolling students for the BLET Day Course II that will start July 18 and run through Dec. 9. The class will be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an additional 12 nights of class time from 1 to 10 p.m. Classes will be held at The Center for Public Safety, 1220 S. State St., Mount Airy.
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, $622 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.