HCC holds ceremony for Basic Law Enforcement Training graduates
The Haywood Community College Continuing Education Department awarded certificates to nine graduates of the college's Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program recently. The cadets completed 710 hours of law enforcement instruction. Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher was the guest speaker at the ceremony.
To successfully complete the BLET program, cadets must pass the Police Officer’s Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). This is an obstacle and agility course in which participants must complete a variety of tasks, such as carrying dead weight, climbing stairs and completing push-ups and sit-ups in a timed period. Participants are then eligible to take a four-hour state examination. After successfully passing the exam, the cadets will have 12 months to find an agency to be sworn in with or they will lose their certification.
Graduates of the HCC BLET class include Christopher R. Adams, Chad S. Case, Travis A. Childress, David J. Clancy, Jr., Haley M. Crocker, Rachel E. Lund, Joshua W. Parton, Brandon N. Pless and Michael E. Rich.
Two awards are presented at the completion of each class. The top cadet honor is voted on by all instructors who participated in the class. It is based on the cadet’s professionalism, the way they have carried themselves throughout the training and their commitment to the program. This award was presented to Chad Case. An academic honor is awarded to the cadet with the highest average of all the blocks of instruction with the six units of the state exam, and this award was presented to Joshua Parton.
For information on basic law enforcement training at HCC, contact 627-4548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.