CCCC graduates 16 in law enforcement

01-07-2013
College & Community, Curriculum Programs, Graduations, Special Events

SANFORD - Sixteen cadets received their Basic Law Enforcement Training certificates at Central Carolina Community College's BLET fall graduation exercises Dec. 19 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

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Receiving their certificates were Stephen Caviness, William Heck, John Hawley, and Kurt Ailerson Jr., all of Sanford; Charleton Carter and Christopher Holt, both of Cameron; Bridget Daniel and Jonathan Edell, both of Pittsboro; Kathryn Hartsell, of Broadway; Kaitlyn Caldwell, of Angier; Marvedda Chezem, of Lillington; Benjamin Bankert, of Apex; Johnathan Edwards, of Dunn; Christopher Carroll, of Siler City; Patrick Holmes, of Spring Lake; and Rebecca Gipson, of Falcon.

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Awards were presented to the top students. Caviness received the Highest Class Grade Point Average and Highest State Exam awards; Edell, the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award; Holt, the Best Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) Award; and Rebecca Gipson, the Jimmy Collins Top Gun Award.

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Officer Benson D. Wise, of the Sanford Police Department, delivered the graduation remarks. Class Leader Heck gave the class response.

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The college's BLET program is under the direction of Robert Powell. Cadets had to complete 624 hours of law enforcement training in areas such as criminal and motor vehicle laws, vehicle stops, first responder medical care, firearms training, driver's training, sheriff's duties, and subject control/arrest techniques.

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Each graduate also had to pass all 35 blocks of instruction, a rigorous 12-week physical training program, as well as a four-hour written comprehensive state examination administered by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Division.

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All graduates are qualified to be certified law enforcement officers in North Carolina.

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Sponsoring agencies for the fall BLET class were the police departments of Broadway, Dunn, Fuquay-Varina, Pittsboro, Sanford, and Siler City; the sheriff offices of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties; and the U.S. Veterans Administration. Chatham Central High School provided use of its facilities for Rapid Deployment Training.

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For more information about the college's BLET program, visit www.cccc.edu/blet or contact Robert Powell at rpowell@cccc.edu or 919-777-7774.

CCCC graduates 16 in law enforcement

Central Carolina Community College's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program graduated 16 cadets at a ceremony Dec. 19 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Receiving their certificates were (from left) Kaitlyn Caldwell, of Angier; Bridget Daniel, of Pittsboro; Marvedda Chezem, of Lillington; Charleton Carter and Christopher Holt, both of Cameron; Stephen Caviness, of Sanford; Kathryn Hartsell, of Broadway; Benjamin Bankert, of Apex; BLET program director Robert Powell; and graduates Johnathan Edwards, of Dunn; Christopher Carroll, of Siler City; Patrick Holmes, of Spring Lake; Jonathan Edell, of Pittsboro; William Heck and John Hawley, both of Sanford; Rebecca Gipson, of Falcon; and Kurt Ailerson Jr., of Sanford. All the graduates are qualified to be certified law enforcement officers in North Carolina. For more information about the college's BLET program, visit www.cccc.edu/blet or contact Robert Powell at rpowell@cccc.edu or 919-777-7774.