College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program held a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Sheep Harney Auditorium.
Dr. Robert Wynegar, President of COA, welcomed graduates, family, local law enforcement instructors and sponsors, and friends to the ceremony. Captain H. Travis Jackson from the Pasquotank Sherriff’s Office provided the keynote address for the event.
Jeffrey K. Jones, Interim Director for COA’s law enforcement programs, along with Dr. Wynegar, presented certificates to the graduates. During the 16 weeks of training, the students finished 641 contact hours, 36 distinct blocks of instruction with 36 topical tests and multiple practical exams to include firearms, driving, traffic crash, patrol techniques, domestic violence, criminal investigation, CPR/first responders, rapid deployment, explosive and hazardous materials emergency and subject control arrest techniques practical exams; and they successfully completed the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) followed by the state exam.
Special recognition was awarded to Brian Watson as the group’s honor graduate; William Edwards as “Top Gun”; Kurtis Waldrop received the “Iron Man” award for having the highest average fitness level; and Tori Arroyo received the “Law Enforcement Excellence” award for exhibiting exceptional law enforcement qualities.
Graduates include: Kurtis Waldrop from Currituck, Matthew Hvozdovic from Dare, Trey-Vaughn Lewis from Pasquotank, Justin Barie from Currituck, Joshua Doshen from Pasquotank, William Edwards from Pasquotank, David Rhoads from Dare, Terri Lynn Meads from Pasquotank, Brent Powell from Camden, Alex Liverman from Tyrrell, Tori Arroyo from Pasquotank and Brian Watson from Perquimans.