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Six Graduate from SCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program


Six law enforcement personnel recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program. This class represents SCC’s second daytime class graduation of 2023.

Graduates include Clay Friel of the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Hemric and Tyrece Mahan of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, Kellie Messic of Pilot Mountain State Park, Levi Rippey of the Mount Airy Police Department, and Nathan Sands of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office.

The Basic Law Enforcement Training Program is a 739-hour program designed to prepare individuals with the cognitive and physical skills to become entry level certified police officers and deputy sheriffs in North Carolina. Persons desiring to become sworn law enforcement officers in North Carolina must successfully complete this course in its entirety and pass a state exam. To qualify for admission, an individual must meet the same requirements as those mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Standards/NC Sheriffs' Standards Commission for a sworn law enforcement officer.

SCC offers three BLET program classes per year. A day class is already underway which began in early January 2024, with the next upcoming class, which will be held in the evening, beginning in May 2024. A second day class is scheduled for June 2024.

If you’d like to find out more about the Basic Law Enforcement program at SCC, contact Jim McHone, Director of Center of Public Safety / Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training at (336) 386-3292 or, or Barry VanHoy, BLET Qualified Assistant / Law Enforcement Training Coordinator, at (336)386-3696 or

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