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Six students recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Isothermal Community College after completing nearly ten months of training.

The BLET program is the state-mandated course of study for anyone interested in becoming a certified law enforcement officer. The six students who completed the program were trained in 35 topics including criminal law, arrest, search, and seizure, driver training, defense tactics, firearms, and other related law enforcement topics.

The students who earned a graduation certificate for the 673-hour training program are Brandon Bumgarner, Angela Justus and Cody McIntyre, Samantha Bailey, Kelly Condrey and Joshua Probst.

After an invocation by instructor R.A. "Chip" McIntosh and the National Anthem led by Stephen Matheny, the audience was welcomed by Dr. Johnny Smith, Isothermal's dean of Health and Public Services. An overview of the program was given Thomas Tarker, the program's director, before the commencement address from Chief Chris Beddingfield of the Columbus Police Department.

Then, graduate Cody McIntyre addressed his classmates.

Individual awards were presented to a number of students for top performance in various categories.

Condrey earned the Top Firearms Award. The Top Academic Award went to Probst. Bumgarner earned the State Exam Award and Justus was named the winner of the Standard of Excellence.

This is the 69th BLET class to graduate from Isothermal Community College since it began conducting the training in the late 1970's.

For information about the next BLET class, contact Brenda McFarland at 828-395-1668 or Thomas Tarker at 828-395-1448.

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