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HCC Holds Basic Law Enforcement Training Graduation


Patrick Smith Pictured is Patrick Smith, a recent Basic Law Enforcement graduate at HCC. Smith was awarded the outstanding cadet honor.

Haywood Community College recently held a graduation ceremony for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Guest speakers were HCC President Dr. Shelley White, Interim Canton Chief of Police Scott Sluder and BLET Class Sergeant Kayleigh Silvers.

The BLET course is designed to equip each student with the basic skills, knowledge and ability to function as a law enforcement officer in the State of North Carolina. This class is a pre-requisite for Law Enforcement Officer Certification in this State.  

Of the students who graduated from this class, 90 % were employed in law enforcement at graduation. Cody Tiger received the top academic honors. Patrick Smith was the outstanding cadet.

Graduates of this class include Justin William Deane, Brent Zane Gunter, Richard Patrick Johnson, Jr., Cameron Edward Jones, Chandler Douglas Norton, Benjamin Eion Riggs, Liza Heisman Rosencranz, Michael Andrew Ryan, Kaylom Morris Saylor, Kayleigh Louise Silvers, Patrick Wayne Smith, Andrew Jay Dillon Tabor, Cody Hansen Tiger, and Austin Tyler Whitehead.

The next BLET class offering will be May 2022. For more information about this class, please call 828-627-4548 or email


Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to serve the educational needs and economic growth of our community by promoting lifelong student learning and success. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, a productive greenhouse, dahlia gardens, an orchard garden and a rhododendron garden.

Basic Law Enforcement Training