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HCC’S BLET Academy Graduates 35th Class

HCC Basic Law Enforcement Training cadets graduated in a ceremony on campus, Dec. 15. Pictured are, front row from left, keynote speaker Larry Boyd, instructor Eddie Buffaloe, Deputy Kevin Wright, Deputy Jesse Stevens, Cadet Johnnie Lassiter, Deputy Roderick Bozard, Jr., Cadet Jason Keeter, Director of Criminal Justice Wes Terry, Assistant BLET Director Dr. Ed Porter; back row, instructor Doug Pilgreen, Deputy Joshua Vann, Cadet Chase Oakley, Cadet Wayne Hunt, Cadet Lanntjuan Clanton, Deputy Rich Somogyi, and instructors Lt. Andy Bryant and Chief John Young.

Halifax Community College (HCC) Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) cadets graduated in a ceremony on campus, Dec. 15. This marked HCC’s 35th BLET Academy graduation. Northampton County Sheriff’s Office provided the Honor Guard.

Graduates included Cadet Jerry Bond, Deputy Roderick Bozard, Jr., Cadet Lanntjuan Clanton, Cadet Regina Harmon, Cadet Wayne Hunt, Cadet Jason Keeter, Cadet Johnnie Lassiter, Cadet Chase Oakley, Deputy Rich Somogyi, Deputy Jesse Stevens, Deputy Joshua Vann, and Deputy Kevin Wright.

Awards and recognition were also presented. Deputy Rich Somogyi was recognized as class president and he received the Academic Excellence award. Cadet Lanntjuan Clanton garnered the Top Gun award. The Outstanding Cadet award went to Cadet Regina Harmon. The Vehicle Operation award went to Deputy Roderick Bozard, Jr. Special recognition was given to Bond and Harmon, who were not present at the ceremony due to injuries received late last week when they were involved in a traffic accident while on their way to class.

Martin Community College BLET Academy Director Larry Boyd gave the keynote address. “I’m envious of you guys,” said Boyd. “You’re getting into law enforcement at an amazing time.”

Boyd talked about advances in technology that assist law enforcement officers in doing their jobs. He also shared some rules with the cadets including (1) go home at the end of your shift and (2) make sure your partner goes home, too. He also stressed that officers have a lot of responsibility placed on them and they should avoid embarrassing their chiefs or departments. “If you mess up, take responsibility,” said Boyd.

The next BLET Academy at HCC will start in January. Interested persons should contact Assistant BLET Director Dr. Ed Porter at (252) 536-7461 or BLET Director Wes Terry at (252) 536-7277 for more information or a registration packet. Students must be at least 20 years old by the first day of class and hold a high school diploma or GED. HCC also offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in the field of Criminal Justice.