Four students graduate from Basic Law Enforcement program
SPINDALE (Oct. 28, 2013) – Four students recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Isothermal Community College after completing nearly ten months of training.
The BLET program is the state-mandated course of study for anyone interested in becoming a certified law enforcement officer. The four students who completed the program were trained in 35 topics including criminal law, arrest, search, and seizure, driver training, defense tactics, firearms, and other related law enforcement topics.
The students who earned a graduation certificate for the 673-hour training program are Michael Owen Byars, Sara Catherine Miller Green, Terry Palmer Hilligus, Jr., and Christina Ashley Howard.
After an invocation by Kenny Kempster and Pledge of Allegiance led by Thomas Tarker, the audience was welcomed by Dr. Amber Thompson, Isothermal’s dean of Applied Sciences and Technology. An overview of the program was given before Michael Byars addressed his classmates.
Individual awards were presented to a number of students for top performance in various categories.
Byars, Howard and Green received Perfect Attendance Awards.
Green earned the Academic Award, State Exam Award, PE Award, Criminal Investigative Award and Outstanding Student Award. Byars earned awards for Driver Training and the Police Officer Physical Ability Test. Hilligus earned the Most Improved PE Award. Byars and Hilligus were both honored with the Firearms Award.
Top Instructors, selected by the students, were Randall Merrill Greenway, Kenneth Scott Hamby and Frank Wayne Edwards.
All of the students earned Pepper Spray Certificates and Elite Warrior PE Awards.
This is the 66th BLET class to graduate from Isothermal Community College since it began conducting the training in the late 1970’s.