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Basic Law Enforcement Grads Honored

Catawba Valley Community College recently honored graduates of its Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program during a special ceremony.

The BLET program is a 624-hour intensive course of study governed by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.  In addition, students must pass the state Basic Law Enforcement Certification examination to be eligible for employment as a police officer or deputy sheriff.  
Michael D. Ford of Hickory received the Tim Duncan Law Enforcement Memorial Award given in memory of former McDowell County Sherriff’s Deputy and director of Mayland Community College’S BLET program.

Dakotah Ledford of Hickory received the Stacey Speagle Memorial Award for scoring the highest in the class on the state examination.

Gregory Seagle of Valdese received the Best Firearms Range Score Award.   

Eric Brown of Claremont and Seagle were presented the Best Police Officer Physical Agility Test (POPAT) Award. Brown also received the Defensive Driving Award.

The graduating class honored instructor Sgt. Lisa Johnson of the Taylorsville Police Department with the Honors in Instruction Award.  

For more information or to apply for admission to CVCC’s next BLET program, contact Director of Law Enforcement Education and Professional Development Ken Phillips at (828) 327-7000 ext. 4448.


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator