Three students graduate from Basic Law Enforcement program

Three students recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Isothermal Community College. Pictured are Jeffery Lynn (left to right), Austin Hensley, Larry Jamie Hill, instructor Thomas Tarker and BLET Director Philip Bailey.

SPINDALE  – Three students recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Isothermal Community College after completing nearly ten months of training.

The BLET program is the state-mandated course of study for anyone interested in becoming a certified law enforcement officer. The three students who completed the program were trained in 35 topics including criminal law, arrest, search, and seizure, driver training, defense tactics, firearms, and other related law enforcement topics.

The students who earned a graduation certificate for the 673-hour training program are Jeffery Lynn, Austin Hensley and Larry Jamie Hill.

After an invocation and the National Anthem led by Isothermal VP Stephen Matheny, the audience was welcomed by Tom Tarker, director of the Criminal Justice program at Isothermal. An overview of the program was given by Tarker before the commencement address from Lt. Leon Godlock of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. BLET director Philip Bailey presented the awards.

Lynn earned the Top State Exam Award, Top Firearms Award and the Top Academic Award. Post was awarded Most Improved Physical Fitness. Lynn was also named the winner of the Standard of Excellence.

This is the 75th BLET class to graduate from Isothermal Community College since it began conducting the training in the late 1970’s.

For information about the next BLET class, contact Brenda McFarland at 828-395-1668 or Bailey at 828-395-1644.