Taking the Oath to Protect and Serve

Fifteen cadets graduated from the Robert F. Joyce School of Justice Basic Law Enforcement Program (BLET) at Forsyth Tech, on Friday, May 24, 2019. Several members of law enforcement were present at the ceremony, including representatives from the Davie County Sheriff’s Office, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Kernersville Police Department, the King Police Department and the Lexington Police Department.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, elected-class president, Kaleb A. Beasley, led the cadets in reciting the Police Officer’s Code of Ethics. Forsyth Tech president, Dr. Janet Spriggs, welcomed family and friends, thanking the cadets for their hard work and willingness to serve both the state and country.

BLET School Director and Department Chair, Public Safety and Technologies, W. Lorin Dingler, welcomed the cadets into the ranks of the thin blue line. Acknowledging law enforcement is not your average job, Dingler explained the 640-hour course pushed the cadets to their limits, both mentally and physically. Their training emphasized knowledge of the law and taught them to be fair and practice good judgement. “As trustworthy ambassadors of the badge,” explained Dingler, “each cadet should act with integrity, fairness, respect, service and trust.”

Guest speaker Chief Jordan J. Boyette, King Police Department, received the Certificate of Appreciation from the spring class of cadets. Chief Boyette, one of 37 instructors in the program, praised the class for their strong foundation and encouraged them to stay mentally and physically fit.  “Do your job with trust, integrity and honor… and do it well,” he said. Cadet Beasley, in his farewell speech, reflected on the four-month program. “There is not another job out there where you can be praised and cursed in the same breath,” Beasley mused, “but be a sword against criminals and a shield for the people.”

Award presenters included Brian E. Diggs, Qualified Assistant, Public Safety Technologies; W. Lorin Dingler, Department Chair, Public Safety Technologies; Chief Jordan Boyette, King Police Department; Sergeant Brian Gieger, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office; and Sergeant Terry S. Peddycord, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Award recipients included Cadet Kaleb Beasley, Outstanding Academic Achievement, The Raymond Laird Top Gun Award, and the Class President Award; Cadet Sam Shamel, Driving Award; Cadet Wesley Summers, Overall Achievement; and Cadet Greyson Van Osdal – Physical Abilities Award.

After successful completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training course, these cadets are eligible to be certified law enforcement officers in North Carolina with local sheriff’s offices, municipal police departments, company police, and state agencies.

BLET Students

Faculty and staff in Public Safety Technologies with graduates (from left) Brian Diggs, Qualified Assistant; Aleesha Burrow; Kaleb Beasley; James Cooper; Trenton Thornton; Eduardo Rivera, Greyson Van Osdal, Rhonda Mullins, Administrative Assistant; Max Leonard; Logan Burton, Williams Sloan; Chase Maney; Samuel Shamel; Robert Keyes; Justin Bernabe; Matthew Varnadore; Wesley Summers and Lorin Dinger, Department Chair.