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
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.”