Left to Right: Tony Parrish, Elizabethtown Police Department, Chief, Stuart Campbell, NC State Bureau of Investigations, Agent (Retired), Amanda Lee, Bladen Community College, President, Dennis Troy, Bladen Community College Trustees, Chairman, Ethan Hales, Cody Reinecker, Aaron Reyes, Danny Priest, Bladen Community College, Director of Safety, Security, and BLET, and Jeff Singletary, Bladen Community College, Public Services Coordinator and BLET Qualified Assistant.
DUBLIN — Bladen Community College announced its 2023 Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) graduates at a ceremony held recently on its campus. The Bladen Community College BLET graduates are Lemar Baker, Ethan Hales, Morgan Johnson, Hannah Locklear, Cody Reinecker, Aaron Reyes and Jasmine Washington.
Bladen Community College has graduated more than 250 BLET graduates who provide skilled law enforcement personnel to local, city, county, regional, state and federal agencies.
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is designed to provide students with essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments or with private businesses. This program uses state-commission-accredited subjects and instructional methods. General topics include, but are not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civilian, traffic, firearms, ABC laws, investigation, patrol, custody, court procedures, emergency response, ethics, and community affairs. Candidates must complete all course requirements as mandated by the North Carolina and Training Standards Commission and/or the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission as well as Bladen Community College to be eligible to participate in BLET Graduation.
Special awards and recognition were also presented during the ceremony by the College’s BLET Director, Danny Priest. Ethan Hales received the award for the highest academic average and Top Gun. The award for the best driving award went to Aaron Reyes. Lemar Baker received the Physical Fitness award. During the ceremony, Mr. Priest several local agencies (Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethtown Police Department, White Lake Police Department, Bladenboro Police Department, NC Highway Patrol and NC Wildlife Commission) for their continued support over the years. This support included hiring students, providing sponsorships, instructors and serving on advisory boards.
The special guest speaker was from Bladen County and retired NC State Bureau of Investigation Agent Stuart Campbell. Mr. Campbell told graduates about his experience in law enforcement, which included serving as a guard for Gov. Jim Hunt. He encouraged them to continue their education and seek additional knowledge to remain prepared for a very demanding career. Bladen Community College Board President Dennis Troy also offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates and their guests.
Chairman of Bladen Community College, Dr. Amanda Lee, concluding the ceremony, added, “Our graduates are now working in police and sheriff’s departments in our area. It is a rigorous program and requires commitment, yet it yields very positive results for individual and area law enforcement.”
For more information about the basic law enforcement training at Bladen Community College or to receive an application packet, contact the BCC Advising Center at 910.879.5584 or email email@example.com or contact Danny Priest, BLET Director, at 910.879.5656 or e – email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website www.bladencc.edu to learn more.