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
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
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.