Rocky Mount, NC -Thirteen cadets recently graduated from Nash Community College's thirty-fourth Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class. During the twenty-seven week training, students learned essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise.
During the recent graduation ceremony, Platoon Leader Jonathan Bancroft addressed the graduates. "At some point during the academy we were each challenged in some way, whether it is academically, physically, or something in our personal lives. We had to ask ourselves, ‘do I really want to do this, and why am I doing this?' That became our motivation," he said.
The NCC Law Enforcement Training program utilizes a combination of physical and classroom state commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics, community relations and more.
"We started this class with 28 Cadets, and we did not finish with everyone. That is because it was not easy. Our instructors did not carry us through the Academy, but gave us the guidance and the tools to help ourselves. For that we can only say thank you, because this will not be the only challenge we will face in our careers, it is the first of many," Bancroft said.
To graduate, students must successfully complete and pass all units of study, which include the certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission.
For more information on the program, contact NCC Director of Law Enforcement Instruction Nathan Mizell at 252-451-8278 or
Pictured on the front row, left to right: Anthony Pipkin of Saratoga, Bryce Toone of Wake Forest, Justine Wilkins of Middlesex, Tiara Joyner of Nashville, Christopher Norris of Middlesex and Nicholas Doane of Selma. Back row , left to right: Kelly Williams of Battleboro, Travis Smith of Louisburg, Jose Rodriguez of Macclesfield, Kevin House of Rocky Mount, Duane Barrett, II of Bunn, Jonathan Bancroft of Whitakers and Jerry Carlyle of Zebulon.
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Kelley Deal Nash Community College Public Relations Director 252-451-8235