Sampson Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program added eight passionate public servants to the workforce, geared with the focus to protect communities and assist one another, following a graduation service June 13.
As graduates of the evening BLET program, which met Monday through Thursday 6-10 p.m., with some evenings 5:30-11 p.m., depending upon exams, night driving and night fire at the firing range, these students will now enter the workforce in law enforcement.
“Many of the students had offers of employment prior to graduating,” Jennifer Wiley, Criminal Justice Department Chair and Basic Law Enforcement Training Director, said. “Some will be entering the field of law enforcement in neighboring jurisdictions and some will be entering the field right here in Sampson County.”
Each academy creates awards and determines award participants to be distributed at graduation.
“The students generated these awards for their instructors,” Wiley adds. “We appreciate all of the excellent instructors we have teaching in our academy and they are all invested in the students and their success.”
This academy of students created awards to include best instructor, most supportive and best humor. This year, the academy recognized both Wayne Deinhart of the Sampson Sheriff’s Department as Most Supportive Instructor, Jesse Kittrell of the Clinton Police Department also as Most Supportive Instructor in Physical Fitness Training, Jeff Gray of the Sampson Sheriff’s Department as Best Instructor, and Adrienne Matthews of the Clinton Police Department as best humor and encouragement.
As the BLET program continues to be instrumental in the education and training of law enforcement, Sampson Community College is offering both an evening and day academy this fall. As these classes are first come first serve, interested individuals are encouraged to complete an application packet by July 15, or sooner.
“I am very proud of the hard work of our students and instructors who invested in their success,” Wiley said. “I look forward to seeing them serve in our local communities.”
For more information about the Fall BLET opportunities at Sampson Community College, visit sampsoncc.edu or contact Sharon West at 910-592-8081.