Eight graduate from BLET program

Published 8:40 pm Saturday, May 26, 2012

BLET graduates (from left, front row), Jedidiah Clark, Martin Zellers Jr., Brittany Thompson and Matthew Tyndall; (back row), Ben Morris, director; Kelly Cox, Cameron Elks, Shannon Walker and Brian Stroud.

Eight students graduated Thursday, May 10, from the Beaufort County Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, school officials announced. Ben Morris is director of the BLET program. Graduates were Kelly Cox, Jedidiah Clark, Cameron Elks, Brian Stroud, Brittany Thompson, Matthew Tyndall, Shannon Walker and Martin Zellers Jr.

BLET is a six-and-a-half-month curriculum designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal governments or private enterprise.

Using state-mandated topics and methods of instruction, the program covers such topics as criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses, and ethics and community relations.

Successful graduates are qualified to take certification exams mandated by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

The next BLET Academy at BCCC will begin in August.

For more information on the BLET program, interested persons can contact Morris at 252-940-6374, or Pauline Godley, Business Division office manager at 252-940-6232.