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DETENTION OFFICERS GRADUATE AT HCC

Thirteen Detention Officer Certification graduates were presented with diplomas at Halifax Community College (HCC), Feb. 6. Several law enforcement and jail administration representatives from northeastern North Carolina were in attendance.

Detention Officer Graduates included Michael Artis, Derek J. Blow, Raymond A. Bryant, DeMeer L. Gary, Wayne Emory, Bessie Holley, Kenneth Ryan and Timothy G. Scott. Also, Renita Spence, Juliet Tillett, William Thompson, Margaret A. Watson and Randy Smithson. Bryant was also recognized for academic excellence.

“This is a rigorous, challenging career,” said guest speaker, Sheriff Susan Johnson of Currituck County. She stressed that the graduates work with patience, honesty and integrity.

HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., added that the program has enabled the college to meet the needs of the area. “It takes a dedicated person to be certified. The decisions you make affect so many people,” he said.

The next Detention Officer Certification program will begin in July. The length of the program is 4 ½ weeks. Contact Walter F. Clement, school director at (252) 536-7279 or Donna Sellers (252) 536-7216 for more information.

Detention Officer Certification graduates were presented with diplomas at Halifax Community College (HCC), Feb. 6. Pictured are: (front row from left) Detention School Director Walter F. Clement, Currituck County Sheriff Susan Johnson, Hertford County Detention Center Captain Carolyn Vinson, Juliet Tillett of Currituck County Detention Center, Margaret Watson of Hertford County Detention Center, Timothy Scott of Halifax County Detention Center, Derek Blow of Hertford County Detention Center, Raymond Bryant of Bertie-Martin Detention Center, Michael Artis of Northampton County Detention Center, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.; (back row from left) Jackson Police Chief John Young, Continuing Education Dean Vera Palmer, William Thompson of Bertie-Martin Detention Center, Renita Spence of Currituck County Detention Center, Randy Smithson of Albemarle District Jail, Bessie Holley of Chowan County Detention Center, DeMeer Gary of Halifax County Detention Center, Wayne Emory of Northampton County Detention Center, and Northampton County Detention Center Administrator Major Milton Drew. Not pictured: Kenneth Ryan of Bertie-Martin Detention Center.