DOBSON — Nine students graduated from Surry Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program recently with a 100-percent pass rate on the State Comprehensive Written Examination administered by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Standards Division.
“I want to congratulate the Surry Community College Spring 2015 BLET Class for achieving a goal that is extremely hard to do. This is the fourth consecutive class that earned a perfect pass rate,” said Ronald Hill, SCC director of Basic Law Enforcement Training. “Few BLET programs can boast of an accomplishment like this. We are all very proud of the students’ hard work.”
The BLET Graduation was held June 20, in the auditorium on the SCC campus in Dobson. Guest speakers for the graduation ceremony were Class President Chris King and Sgt. Earl “Vance” Tate of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
“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.”
Joshua Hawks received the Max Blackburn Award, which was created to honor the original law enforcement director for SCC. Max Blackburn established the BLET program at the college and was a well-respected educator in the region. BLET instructors vote for students who demonstrate the most positive attributes of a law enforcement officer in the Max Blackburn Award process.
Hawks also was given the Greg Martin Award, which honors the memory of Sgt. Martin of the Jonesville Police Department, who was a BLET graduate from SCC killed in the line of duty. The Greg Martin Award recipient is selected by a class vote when students elect whom they would most want as a backup officer on a serious call. In addition to the previous awards, he received the Ernest L. Yokely award for having the highest score on the Firearms Topic. The written test score, daytime and nighttime firing scores were all averaged on each student.
Hawks was previously with the Charleston, South Carolina, police force and attended Surry in order to be certified in North Carolina. Upon his certification from SCC’s program, he will become the state’s newest State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Agent.
Matthew Easter also was recognized for obtaining the top score for the State Comprehensive Written Examination.
The Spring 2015 BLET graduates are: David Lyons of Boonville; Joshua Hawks, Christopher King and Matthew Easter of Mount Airy; Jennifer Hardy of Walnut Cove; Jonathan Marshall of Stuart, Virginia; Curtis Mount of Glade Valley; John Hughes of Jonesville; and Melba Birttany Galyean of Elkin.
Surry’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and essential skills to function as certified law enforcement officers with state, county, municipal agencies, or private enterprise. Surry Community College is accredited to offer Basic Law Enforcement Training and other commission mandated training as approved by North Carolina Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards and North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Trainings Standard Commission. More information may be obtained by contacting, Ron Hill at 336-386-3292.