DOBSON — Eighteen students graduated from Surry Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program recently and passed the State Comprehensive Written Examination administered by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Standards Division.
The BLET Graduation was held Dec. 12, in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the SCC campus in Dobson. Guest speakers for the graduation ceremony were Class Presidents Adam Greer Johnson and Adrian Lee Tillotson; and Chief Dale Watson of the Mount Airy Police Department.
“The college is so proud of our BLET program,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley. “The students performed admirably throughout the entire course of instruction, and our faculty are second to none. Additionally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our entire law enforcement community whose continued support allows our BLET program to achieve these results.”
Adam Greer Johnson and Adrian Lee Tillotson received the Max Blackburn Award, which was created to honor the original law enforcement director for SCC. Max Blackburn established the BLET program at the college and was a well-respected educator in the region. BLET instructors vote for students who demonstrate the most positive attributes of a law enforcement officer in the Max Blackburn Award process.
Adam Greer Johnson, Erik Puntos Martinez and Adrian Lee Tillotson were given the Greg Martin Award, which honors the memory of Sgt. Martin of the Jonesville Police Department, who was a BLET graduate from SCC killed in the line of duty. The Greg Martin Award recipient is selected by a class vote when students elect whom they would most want as a backup officer on a serious call.
Richard Garrett Boles and Richard Crosier Wall received the Ernest L. Yokely Award for having the highest score on the Firearms Topic. The written test score, daytime and nighttime firing scores were all averaged on each student.
Adam Greer Johnson and Mitchell Edwin Perry also were recognized for obtaining the top score for the State Comprehensive Written Examination.
The Fall 2015 BLET Day Class graduates are: Arthur Marvin Dunkes and Andy William Standard of Mount Airy; Erick Devin Cox of Dugspur, Virginia; Ernest Leon Nikolai of Statesville; Mitchell Edwin Perry of Lewisville; Allison Renee Tilley of Madison; Adrian Lee Tillotson of Pilot Mountain; and Richard Crosier Wall of Elkin.
The Fall 2015 BLET Night Class graduates are: Richard Garrett Boles, Ethan Dakota Goings and Erik Puntos Martinez of Mount Airy; Aaron Gray Cline and Joseph Theodore Wooley of Yadkinville; Bradley Keith Collins, Richard Jonathan O’Connor, and Troy Allen Rakes of King; and Jonathan Kody Hudson and Adam Greer Johnson of Dobson.