HCC's BLET Academy graduates
Halifax Community College (HCC) Basic
Law Enforcement Training (BLET) cadets graduated in a
ceremony on campus, May 18. This marked HCC’s 40th
BLET Academy graduation. Northampton County Sheriff’s Office
provided the Honor Guard.
Graduates included Cadet Monte Arrington, Cadet Andrew
Belgreat, Deputy David Brown, Cadet Jeff Davis, Cadet Justin
Harris, Cadet Desty Heikens, Cadet William Lewter, Cadet
Dustin Peoples and Cadet Clifton Whitby.
and recognition were also presented. Cadet Jeff Davis was
recognized as class president. The Academic Excellence award
went to Cadet Monte Arrington who also earned the Top Driver
award. Deputy David Brown garnered the Top Gun award. Cadet
Andrew Belgreat earned the Outstanding Cadet award. Cadet
Justin Harris garnered the Physical Fitness award.
Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh gave the keynote address.
“Being a law enforcement officer is one of the most
rewarding experiences in my life...Public service is one of
the most honorable positions a person can have,” said
Fitzhugh. He explained that while most of the time the job
consists of servicing your community and basic duties, about
two percent can be a terror. “Face your fears head on...
Keep your heads up,” he added.
Fitzhugh gave some pointers to graduates. These included: be
realistic and make a difference one person at a time,
prioritize, do not jeopardize your family or career, draw on
resources, be sociable, challenge oneself, learn new things,
ask questions, operate ethically, know oneself, get enough
sleep, eat a balanced diet, celebrate victories and drop
unreasonable expectations, to name a few.
also talked about report writing and keeping one’s finances
in order. “Remember, it’s a call to duty,” Fitzhugh
Basic Law Enforcement Training cadets graduated from HCC’s 40th Academy, May 18. Pictured, front row from left, Cadet William Lewter, Cadet Clifton Whitby, Cadet Desty Heikens, Cadet Jeff Davis, Cadet Andrew Belgreat; back row, Cadet Justin Peoples, Deputy David Brown, Cadet Justin Harris and Cadet Monte Arrington.