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13 graduate from Basic Law Enforcement Training

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

The program graduation was held Dec. 19 in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on Surry’s campus in Dobson.

The fall day class graduates are Brandon Davis and Zack Yarbrough of Mount Airy; Kyley Cook of Jonesville; Timothy Barker of Ronda; Dalton Poindexter of Tobaccoville; and Jeffrey Jennings of Winston-Salem. Timothy Barker was the class president.

The fall night class graduates are Colton Medlin of Boonville; Adam Gunnell of East Bend; Jaylon Driver of Mocksville; Shaun Read and Anthony Triplett of North Wilkesboro; and Devin Bullington and Alexander Jackson of Pinnacle.

Each class has a 100% pass rate on the state exam, and more than 80% of graduates were employed by the end of the course.

“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.”

The Basic Law Enforcement Training program is a 739-hour program designed to prepare entry level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills to become certified police officers and deputy sheriffs in the state of North Carolina. The college schedules three classes a year. A day class is normally scheduled to start in January, a night class in May, and a second day class scheduled in June.

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.

Course fees include $180 for tuition, $750 for books, a $125 ammo fee, a $40 drug test, a $3 insurance 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. Prospective students should contact Jim McHone, director of law enforcement training, at 336-386-3292 or mchonej@surry.edu for an interview appointment and to receive the application packet.

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