Community college graduates 25 law enforcement cadets
A total of 25 cadets graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training course at Vance-Granville Community College on Dec. 18. A ceremony was held in the civic center on the main campus.
This group, the 95th graduating class of the program, included Christopher Brandon Strickland of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Aston Donomic Mitchell and Jonathan Glen Thomas, both of the Henderson Police Department; Brittany Renee Ausley of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles; Jason Woodward Howard, David Matthew Langdon, Elliot Kevin McDowell, Jason Bryant Murvine, Katherine Leigh Scheip and Ian Jacob Wilms, all of N.C. Parks & Recreation; Bennie Perry III of the Oxford Police Department; Roy Matthews Tuck and James Leroy Watson, both of the Roxboro Police Department; Reece Daniel Wilkerson of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office; Anthony Lee Davis, Brandon Maurice Davis and Sherese LaShonda Hicks, all of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office; Ryan Lance Blackwell, Sandy Hargrove Cowan, Tyler Paul Duke, Tristan Scott Hardiman, Michael Lawrence Hawley, William H. Headen, Bianca Christine Oser, and Jonathan Andrew Payne.
Tony Pendergrass, coordinator of the law enforcement training, noted that this graduating class was one of the largest the program has seen.
Aaron Woodlief, a North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement officer and a part-time instructor for the program, was selected by the graduates as their speaker. Cadet Michael Hawley, the class leader, spoke on behalf of his fellow graduates.
Woodlief presented the graduates their certificates. Awards were given out by Pendergrass to the top students in the class in three categories: Watson — “Top Gun” Award (highest accuracy score in weapons firing); Howard — Academic Achievement Award (top grade average on written tests); and Murvine — Physical Training Award (highest score on fitness tests).
All of the graduates will be authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina upon passing the state certification exam.