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HCC’s BLET Academy graduates 38th class 

Halifax Community College (HCC) Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) cadets graduated in a ceremony on campus, May 21. This marked HCC’s 38th BLET Academy graduation and the 20th anniversary of the first graduating BLET class at HCC. Northampton County Sheriff’s Office provided the Honor Guard.

Graduates included Cadet Torian Boone, Cadet Christopher Coley, Cadet Lisa Day, Cadet Rosanna Elliott, Cadet Melvin Garner, Cadet Clarice Hagbourne, Deputy Patrick Jacobs, Cadet Jonathan Mitchell, Ranger Ryan Newsome, Cadet Robert Oliver, Cadet Stephen Stokes Jr., Cadet Wade Thornton, Officer Tony Totino and Deputy Garrett Winslow.


Awards and recognition were also presented. Cadet Robert Oliver was recognized as class president. The Academic Excellence award went to Deputy Patrick Jacobs. Officer Tony Totino garnered the Top Gun and Vehicle Operation awards. Deputy Garrett Winslow earned the Outstanding Cadet award. Cadet Christopher Coley earned the Physical Fitness award, which is a new award presented for the first time at this academy.


Chief Greg Parker gave the keynote address. Parker is the law enforcement coordinator at HCC. “We honor you as you complete one of the first milestones of your law enforcement career,” said Parker. He noted traits of successful law enforcement officers as the same as other successful leaders. These values include integrity and character.


Parker also noted that public trust and accountability are important to a successful career. The public expects higher education and training of law enforcement professionals, their ability to deal with a myriad of problems and apply discretion, serving and protecting, impartiality, honesty, and social competence explained Parker. “Law enforcement is a way of life, not something you can turn on and off,” he said. “Always remember why you raised your right hand…Your job is to protect and serve. Never forget that.”


As part of the 20th anniversary recognition, Assistant BLET Director Dr. Ed Porter was honored for his career in law enforcement work including 20 years in training at HCC. “I’m still here because I love it. I love law enforcement and I love the law enforcement people that I get to associate with and be a little bit a part of. There’s no better community to be a part of than the thin, blue line. I thank you,” said Porter on receiving the award.






Basic Law Enforcement Training cadets graduated from HCC’s 38th Academy, May 21. Pictured, front row from left, Cadet Rosanna Elliott, Cadet Clarice Hagbourne, Cadet Lisa Day, Cadet Stephen Stokes Jr., Cadet Robert Oliver; second row, instructor Ted Sumner, Deputy Patrick Jacobs, Cadet Christopher Coley, Cadet Melvin Garner, Officer Tony Totino, Cadet Jonathan Mitchell, Ranger Ryan Newsome, Cadet Wade Thornton, instructor Walter Clement (retired), Assistant BLET Director Dr. Ed Porter; third row, Director of Criminal Justice Wes Terry, Deputy Garrett Winslow, Chief Greg Parker, Cadet Torian Boone, instructors Chief John Young and Lt. Andy Bryant.