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Nash Community College recognized eight officers for completing the college’s 56th Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy on June 11.

“Each of you have had an opportunity to experience a wealth of information and apply what you have learned in classroom practical situations during numerous scenario-based blocks,” Rocky Mount police Capt. Michael Whitley, an NCC alumnus, said in his keynote address. “This course is challenging while serving as the foundation of your law enforcement career. Upon that foundation, you are personally responsible for building your career through continued learning experiences.”

Whitley cited enthusiasm, courage, wisdom, patience, self-control and compassion as characteristics necessary for the cadets’ success in their new profession.

Graduates are Officer Cassaundra Victoria Sullivan of Fuquay Varina, Wilson Police Department; Deputy Stephen Anthony Ward of Zebulon, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Abigail Renee Genaudeau of Elm City, Nash County Sheriff’s Office; Cadet Dalyn Kyle Follmer of Bailey; Deputy Makeem Rictrell Brooks of Rocky Mount, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office; Cadet Joseph Vanwick Morris IV of Zebulon; Cadet Jonathan Lewis Long of Rocky Mount; and Officer Patrick Michael Lenhart of Wilson, Rocky Mount Police Department.

Cadets participated in rigorous physical and classroom state commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction covering topics related to legal, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, investigative, patrol, custody, court procedures, emergency responses, ethics, community relations and more during the 27-week training.

To graduate, students successfully completed all units of study, including the certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

Nash Community College has trained law enforcement officers through its BLET program since 1999. In 2015, Nash Community College expanded its BLET training options with the opening of the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Training in the Continuing Education and Public Services Building. The center features instructional facilities including an indoor firing range, and VirTra Systems, Inc. training simulator.

For more information, call 252-451-8489 or email tlmehus599@nashcc.edu.