WELDON — Halifax Community College hosted the graduation for its Basic Law Enforcement Training program, the 60th class.
The Jan. 6 ceremony was the final step in a 16-week journey. Five cadets completed the program, making themselves full officers in three different police and sheriff offices, according to a press release from HCC.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeffery Fields welcomed graduates, their families and invited guests.
“I’m grateful for the hard work and dedication of these cadets who are destined for careers of service and sacrifice,” he said. “I confidentially speak for the HCC community as I express my gratitude and pride for their efforts and accomplishments.”
The five graduates, listed with their sponsoring agencies, include Maci Hasty, Enfield Police Department; Allen Lynch, Damien Norfleet and Austin Wallace, Roanoke Rapids Police Department; and Dazmon Williams, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.
The 16-week, 755-hour program consisted of classroom and practical skills in 36 topics as well as a physical fitness component. All five cadets passed the comprehensive state exam on the first attempt.
Maci Hasty served as class president and received the award for academic excellence, Allen Lynch received the Top Gun award and Austin Wallace received Top Driver and physical fitness awards.
“It was a pleasure to teach a group of students who worked so well together to accomplish the rigorous physical and academic requirements while maintaining a very professional attitude,” said Gregory Parker, HCC director of law enforcement training. “I look forward to seeing them achieve their goals as they pursue their law enforcement careers.”