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HCC'S BLET ACADEMY GRADUATES 34th CLASS

Basic Law Enforcement Training cadets graduated from HCC's 34th Academy, May 12. Pictured, front row from left, graduates Randall Mitchell, Stevelyn Nietch, Dwayne Carter Jr., John Turner II, Lloyd Parker, Daniel McPherson, Jimmy Collier Jr., Donald Cuff and Director of Criminal Justice Wes Terry; back row from left, instructors Walter Clement, Dr. Ed Porter, Lt. Andy Bryant and Chief John Young, graduates Nicholas Bankert, Antwon Johnson, John-Robert Beard, Joshua Langley, and Duane Daniels.

Halifax Community College (HCC) Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) cadets graduated in a ceremony on campus, May 12. This marked HCC's 34th BLET Academy graduation. Northampton County Sheriff's Office provided the Honor Guard.

Graduates included Cadet Nicholas Bankert, Cadet John-Robert Beard, Deputy Dwayne Carter Jr., Deputy Jimmy Collier Jr., Officer Donald Cuff, Cadet Duane Daniels, Deputy Antwon Johnson, Deputy Joshua Langley, Deputy Daniel McPherson, Cadet Randall Mitchell, Deputy Stevelyn Nietch, Deputy Lloyd Parker and Cadet John Turner II.

Awards and recognition were also presented. Deputy Jimmy Collier Jr. was recognized as class president. Academic Excellence went to Cadet John-Robert Beard. Deputy Daniel McPherson garnered the Top Gun award. The Outstanding Cadet award went to Deputy Stevelyn Nietch. The Vehicle Operation award went to Deputy Joshua Langley.

Gates County Sheriff Edward Webb gave the keynote address. He focused on the acronym PIG—pride, integrity and guts.

Webb encouraged the graduates to take pride in wearing the uniform and their accomplishments, to have patience and be problem solvers. Also, he discussed professionalism, being a people-person, handling pressure and prestige, and not forgetting to pray.

“If you ever lose integrity, you've lost the battle,” said Webb. He also suggested graduates be involved in the community, be aware of internal affairs and incidents that may change a life, not to forget their families, and to remember the importance of the job and the details that go with it. He also talked about having inspiration in one's life and making goals.

He continued, “Give 110 percent every day.” Growth, giving all to the team, goodness, the golden truth, glory, and gratitude were also discussed. “Don't forget God. He is the one who judges everybody there is. He is the one you can fall back on because He will lead you in the right direction when you get attacked.”