College announces law enforcement training graduates

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Eleven cadets recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at Vance-Granville Community College at a ceremony held in the civic center on the college’s main campus in Vance County.

Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the college president, offered welcoming remarks at the event.

Tony Pendergrass, coordinator of law enforcement training at the college, gave words of praise.

Aaron Woodlief, N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agent and part-time instructor for the program, was selected by the graduates to be the guest speaker. Woodlief graduated from the BLET program in 2006.

Cadet David Jacobs, the class leader, also spoke.

Dr. Tolokun Omokunde provided the invocation and benediction.

Graduating were Andrew Boos and James Rusher of N.C. Parks and Recreation; Keishawn Mayes of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office; and Tevin Dixon, Cody Goldsmith, David Jacobs, Zachary Lambert, Ryne Shellman, Phillip Trivette, Cody Tuck and Devin Shaun Whitlow.

At the ceremony, Goldsmith received the Physical Training Award for scoring highest in various fitness tests. Trivette received the Top Gun Award for having the highest accuracy score in weapons firing. Whitlow took home the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest grade average in written tests.

After passing the state certification exam, the graduates are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

For more information on the BLET program at the college, contact Tony Pendergrass at