DUBLIN — Bladen Community College will begin fall classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training with registration on Sept. 24. Over the past 24 years, the college has graduated 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to municipal, county, state, and federal organizations.
The BCC program combines physical conditioning with required classwork. Coursework includes intensive training in the use of firearms, emergency vehicle operation, defense tactics, legalities and diffusing domestic violence
Director Larry Guyton remarks, “The BLET Academy at BCC has been highly effective since its beginning in 1990.” The upcoming class will be the 25th BLET administered by Bladen Community College.
BCC graduates are working for local, county and state law enforcement agencies throughout North and South Carolina.
Recent graduate Will Hundley, an officer with the Bladenboro Police Department, said, “The BCC program is a great program, but it takes 100-percent commitment.”
Hundley came to the BCC BLET Academy with an associate degree in administration of justice and a family with a military background. Consequently, he knew what to expect.
“I believe the program presents a realistic presentation of the real world experience,” expresses Hundley. “The instructors are experts in their individual fields.”
He comments, “The hardest part may be physical conditioning. It is rigorous and you need to be prepared for that. However, I tell candidates that if I can do it, you can do it.”
In 2011, while riding a motorcycle, Hundley was hit by a pickup truck that failed to yield. He suffered thirteen broken bones and multiple internal compilations on his left side. The experience has only reinforced his commitment to public safety.
Hundley advices new cadets, “Be diligent in your studies. We need good officers more than ever.”
The 26-weeks program is approved for financial aid and VA benefits.
Registration for the BLET Academy is Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. The course will run through March 2016. Students that successfully complete the Academy will take the State Exam on April 1.
Classes meet Monday through Friday evenings, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For information about the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy, contact John Trogdon, at 910-879-5536, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the link to the webpage at http://www.bladencc.edu/blet/download.php.
— Cathy Kinlaw is the public informatoin director for Bladen Community College.