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Ten Complete Basic Law Enforcement Training

Graduates of ECC’s Fifth Basic Academy are (clockwise, from top left) Kydeem Vaughan, Stephen Odom, Shavon Shaw, Cortney Skorupa, Kensley Smith, Angel Rodriguez Jr., Alejandra Hernandez, Brian Alston, Qutrice Davis, and Timothy Bowling. Standing front left is BLET School Director Bernie Taylor.

Edgecombe Community College graduated ten cadets from its Fifth Basic Academy for Basic Law Enforcement Training on June 19.

The graduation ceremony featured comments by Angel Rodriguez Jr., platoon leader.

The cadets completed an intensive 20-week program and have passed the certification exam mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

ECC’s BLET is unique in that it includes training in high-risk calls and certification in the police shotgun, taser, expandable batons, and pepper spray. Graduates also receive 18 college credit hours toward an associate degree in criminal justice.

Sponsoring law enforcement agencies of these cadets are the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, the Tarboro Police Department, and the Nashville Police Department.

The College’s next BLET Academy begins October 1. To learn more, please contact