Halifax Community College hosted the graduation for its 60th class of Basic Law Enforcement Training program students.
The ceremony Thursday was the final step in a 16-week journey. Five cadets completed the program, making themselves full officers in three different police and sheriff’s offices.
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 confidently 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 PD; Allen Lynch, Damien Norfleet, Austin Wallace — Roanoke Rapids PD; and Dazmon Williams - Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.
The 16-week, 755-hour program consisted of classroom and practical skills in 36 different topics as well as a physical fitness component. All five cadets passed the comprehensive state exam on the first attempt.
Hasty served as class president and received the award for academic excellence. Lynch received the Top Gun award and 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.”