Twenty Graduate from Basic Law Enforcement

Front row (left to right): Elizabeth Simmons of Mount Airy, Daisy Ortiz of Mount Airy, Lucia Luis of Yadkinville, Joseph Johnson of Dobson, Eric K. Smith of Thurmond, Jonathan Church of State Road, John Gregory of Mount Airy. Back row (left to right): Tyler Hurst of Pinnacle, David Jones of Pilot Mountain, Cody D. Smith of King, Mark Ferguson of Yadkinville and Charles Royall of Winston Salem.

Eight students graduated from Surry Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program Night Class recently and passed the State Comprehensive Written Examination administered by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Standards Division. Front row (left to right): Austin McMillian of Siloam, Rebecca Roman of King, Humberto Lujano of Yadkinville. Back row (left to right): Craig Golden of Elkin, Cody Harris of Stuart, Va., Charlie Nichols of Pilot Mountain, Chris Hazelwood of Mount Airy and Randi Wooten of East Bend.

Twenty 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 12th consecutive SCC BLET class to earn a 100 percent passing rate for the exam.

The BLET Graduation was held in December in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the SCC campus in Dobson. Guest speakers for the graduation ceremony were class presidents Charlie Nichols and Cody D. Smith along with Lieutenant Gerald Lefevre of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. 

“The college is so proud of our BLET program,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley. “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.”

Lucia Luis and Randi Wooten received the Max Blackburn Award, which was created to honor the original law enforcement director for SCC. 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.

Cody D. Smith, Charlie Nichols, and Humberto Lujano were 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 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.

Mark Ferguson and Humberto Lujano 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 on each student.

Eric Smith and Austin McMillian were recognized for achieving the fastest POPAT (Police Officer Physical Abilities Test) times amongst their respective classmates. Joseph Johnson was commended for obtaining the top average in the day class, as was Rebecca Roman for the top average and top score on the state exam in the night class; Mark Ferguson was recognized for receiving the top score on the state exam amongst those in the day class. Both classes had an overall 100% pass-rate for the state exam. 

The Fall 2016 BLET Day Class graduates are: Jonathan Church of State Road, Mark Ferguson of Yadkinville, John Gregory of Mount Airy, Tyler Hurst of Pinnacle, Joseph Johnson of Dobson, David Jones of Pilot Mountain, Lucia Luis of Yadkinville, Daisy Ortiz of Mount Airy, Charles Royall of Winston-Salem, Elizabeth Simmons of Mount Airy, Cody D. Smith of King and Eric K. Smith of Thurmond. 

The Fall 2016 BLET Night Class graduates are: Craig Golden of Elkin, Cody L. Harris of Stuart, Va., Christopher Hazelwood of Mount Airy, Humberto Lujano of Yadkinville, Austin McMillian of Siloam, Charlie Nichols of Pilot Mountain, Rebecca Roman of King and Randi Wooten of East Bend.

Surry Community College currently conducts three Basic Law Enforcement Training courses each year, all of which are open for enrollment. Day Course I will run from Jan. 23 through June 16 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 to run from May 8 to Dec. 7; 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 17 through Dec. 7; 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.


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