The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


February 13, 2012

SCC announces BLET graduates

Monday, February 13, 2012 — Students at Stanly Community College (SCC) recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program. Requirements for graduation include: 624 hours of coursework, 35 topical tests, completing the Police Officer’s Physical Agilities Test and the N.C. Criminal Justice Standards State Exam.

SCC gives the Damon Smith Award to an outstanding graduate of each BLET class. This award is given in Smith’s memory and in his honor as a fallen officer from the Oakboro Police Department.

This year, Taylor Hackney was selected to receive the Damon Smith Outstanding Student award. To be eligible for this award, scores are tallied from firearms, driver training, physical training and academics. As the instructors and the director select a student for this award, they look for traits such as good moral character, reliability, strong work ethics, honesty, leadership and very importantly – a positive attitude.

The Top Gun award was given to Corey Colvin and the Top Driver award was given to Steven Goodwin.  

Special thanks go to the following sponsoring agencies: Albemarle Police Department (PD), Stanfield PD, Locust PD, Pineville PD, Monroe PD, Badin PD, Oakboro PD, Norwood PD, Matthews PD, Anson County Sheriff’s Office and Morrow Mountain State Park.

Basic Law Enforcement Training classes are offered as a full-time day program or part-time evening program or part-time rotation program.  

For more information, contact Christi Almond, Law Enforcement Training director, at  or visit the website at

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