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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the 2017 graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) academy.

Pictured from left to right are John Trogdon (director of criminal justice programs), BLET students Rodney Cain,

Owen Peavy, Tyler Porter, Kelton Dial, Hunter Todd, and Donald Berkheimer. BLET

School Director Larry Guyton stands on the right.

The BLET academy’s highest honor was presented to Kelton Dial, who was

selected by his classmates to receive the Jamie B. Collins Award for Overall

Excellence in all Areas of Training. The Top Gun Award was presented to Owen


Hunter Todd was recognized with an academic award for the Highest End-of-

Course test average. Donald Berkheimer was acknowledged with both the Top

Driver Award and the Top Physical Fitness Award.

Over the past 25 years, the college has graduated 250 candidates, providing

skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and

federal organizations.

The BLET program combines physical conditioning with required classwork.

Coursework includes intensive training in the use of firearms, emergency vehicle

operation, defense tactics, legalities, and diffusing domestic violence.

For more information about the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy at BCC,

contact John Trogden at 910.879.5536.