In December, after 17 weeks of grueling training, 2,540 pushups and 36 written tests, seven cadets graduated from Forsyth Tech’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program to begin a career dedicated to protecting their local communities.
The graduates selected State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joshua Church as graduation speaker. Sgt. Church, who served as an instructor during the program, told the graduates they were the best class he had ever seen.
“You’re the Magnificent Seven,” he said. “Law enforcement is the most honorable profession. Some were meant to be police. The call is in your blood. Make good, sound decisions. You’re part of the ‘thin blue line’ now. Welcome to the brotherhood.”
According to Lorin Dingler, department chair of Public Safety Technologies, the cadets are being recruited for jobs with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, area sheriff’s offices and local police departments. The graduates (shown below, left to right) are Cody Hampton, Samuel Paff, Ryan James, Frank Sanchez, Cody Conrad, Jordan Bullins and John Jackson.