BLET Spotlight – Gerald LeFevre
Gerald LeFevre of Dobson works as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at East Surry High School as an employee of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
“My current SRO assignment, serving a community of students, is uniquely different from other areas of law enforcement. Many become an officer in hopes of making a difference, and SRO provides the opportunity to make a positive lifelong impact on students,” he said.
LeFevre graduated from Surry Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program in Dec. 2002. He is a BLET Instructor for Subject Control and Physical Fitness in the BLET program.
“As a student of the BLET program, I listened and learned from each instructor as they shared their knowledge and stories of the job. I was in awe and set a goal to be part of this honorable group of men and women,” LeFevre said. “In the years since becoming an instructor, I am still in awe of the students who complete the program in watching their growth and maturity as they overcome obstacles and challenges in hopes of fulfilling their dream, to become a law enforcement officer.”
LeFevre worked at the Elkin Police Department from 2003 to 2005 as a Patrol Officer and member of the tactical team. In 2005, he began working for the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. He has served as a Patrol Deputy, Senior Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant before becoming SRO. He has also served the sheriff’s office as a SWAT team member and chaplain.
“A well-known quote reminds us, ‘Find a job you enjoy, and you will never work a day in your life.’ I found that job and made a career out of it. No job is perfect, and this one has its challenging days; however, there has been an underlying joy in each position I have been honored to work in,” LeFevre said.
He added, “I have learned law enforcement is not for everyone. This profession requires attributes such as integrity, loyalty and honesty. Being a peacekeeper and servant. Willing to maintain physical fitness and mental preparedness. If these describe you, then maybe this is where you will find a joy and passion serving your community.”
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Surry Community College BLET graduates fill numerous roles in all aspects of law enforcement including federal, state and local officers who work in patrol, criminal investigation, K-9 handling, tactical teams, civil division, detention facilities, and administration including several police chiefs and sheriffs.
BLET is a 726-hour course accredited by the N.C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission. Tuition may be waived through a law enforcement agency sponsorship. Three classes are offered yearly: BLET Day Course I, January to June; BLET Night Class, May to December; and BLET Day Course II, July to December. The classes are taught at Surry Community College's Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy, N.C.
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