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Eight Graduate from Surry Basic Law Enforcement

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Eight students recently graduated from Surry Community College's Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.

The program graduation was held June 25, in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on Surry's campus in Dobson.

The Spring Day Class graduates are: Carson BrockGreen, Mason Ryan Horton, Alyssa Alexandra Simone Martin, and Christopher Andrew Kirkman of Mount Airy; Jonathan Tate Wood of Dobson; Bradley Michael Hewett of Pinnacle; John Wesley Fletcher of Yadkinville; and Shawn Taylor Cassaday of Ararat, Va.

Ron Hill (left) has retired as Director of Law Enforcement Training and the Director of the Center for Public Safety after 37 years at SCC. James McHone (right) is the new director.

The graduation marked the end of an era, as Ron Hill, Director of Law Enforcement Training and the Director of the Center for Public Safety, retired the next day. Hill has been an instructor for Surry Community College for 37 years, and has been in law enforcement for 44 years. He came through the college's BLET program as student and deputy sheriff in 1975 and retired as the chief of the Mount Airy Police Department. He took over the BLET program in 2013.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Surry, ” says Hill. “All the staff and administration have always gone out of their way to assist in anything I needed. The administration has always given us 100 percent backing in the BLET Program. For that, I am truly grateful. ”

James McHone will be stepping up to the director's role. He has been an instructor with the college since 1985 and has been the BLET Training Coordinator since June 2013. McHone retired as the Chief Deputy of Surry County in 2005. He graduated from Surry Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. He also graduated Cum Laude from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a Criminal Justice concentration.

Surry Community College's BLET program is one of the top programs in the state; this recent graduating class had a 100 percent pass rate.

“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. ”

Surry Community College currently offers three Basic Law Enforcement Training courses, two daytime and one nighttime, starting in either May or July.

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, $700 for books, a $125 material fee, and approximately $200 for uniforms. Course tuition may be waived through a law enforcement agency sponsorship. Other financial assistance may also be available to qualified individuals. Students may also attend by paying the tuition personally. Prospective students should contact Jim McHone, Director of Law Enforcement Training, at (336) 386-3292 or Barry VanHoy, Training Coordinator, at (336) 386-3696 for an interview appointment and to receive the application packet.

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