Haywood Community College Continuing Education Department awarded certificates to nine graduates of the College's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program recently. The Cadets completed 710 hours of law enforcement instruction. Guest Speaker for the ceremony was Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher.

To successfully complete the BLET program, Cadets must pass the Police Officer’s Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). This is an obstacle/agility course in which participants must complete a variety of tasks, such as carrying dead weight, climbing stairs, push-ups and sit-ups in a timed period. Then they are eligible to take a four-hour State Examination. After successfully passing the exam, the cadets will have 12 months to find an agency to be sworn in with or lose their certification.

Graduates of the HCC BLET class included Christopher R. Adams, Chad S. Case, Travis A. Childress, David J. Clancy, Jr., Haley M. Crocker, Rachel E. Lund, Joshua W. Parton, Brandon N. Pless, and Michael E. Rich.

Two awards are presented at the completion of each class. The Top Cadet honor is voted on by all Instructors who participated in the class. It is based on the Cadet’s professionalism, the way they have carried themselves throughout the training and their commitment to the Program. This award was presented to Chad Case. The Academic honor is awarded to the Cadet with the highest average of all the blocks of instruction with the six units of the State Exam and this was presented to Joshua Parton.

For information on Basic Law Enforcement Training at HCC, contact 627-4548 or pttrantham@haywood.edu