Eighteen aspiring law enforcement officers reached a major milestone on Thursday as they were honored for completing Mitchell Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program.

Mitchell Community College President Tim Brewer was among those who congratulated the BLET grads, highlighting the rigorous training they underwent to prepare for their careers in law enforcement.

About 70 people attended the ceremony, including family, friends, and loved ones.

Seven out of the eighteen graduates who previously served in the military were honored with red, white, and blue chords.

Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training Todd Carver acknowledged the contributions of local law enforcement leaders and instructors who support and assist with the program.

Carver, who has overseen 18 such graduating classes, expressed his gratitude to the students for their dedication. “You’ve made my job enjoyable, and I want to say thank you for that,” he said.

Cadet Steven Paul, who was selected by his classmates to speak at the event, emphasized the importance of the support from friends and family in each student’s journey.

“Our friends, our family are our rocks. We could not have made it without them,” he said.

The keynote address was delivered by Cornelius Police Detective John Martin, who praised the graduates for their perseverance amid challenges faced by law enforcement.

Following the address, awards were presented by Assistant Director Tony Sharpe.

Joshua McCoy received the Highest GPA Award, while Josh Preloh and Chase Schneider were commended for their performance on the State Exam. McCoy also received the Firearms Award.

The Director’s Choice Award was presented to Daymien Perry, who worked tirelessly while attending school, earning high praise from Carver.

“Because of people like Perry, I know the future of law enforcement is in good hands,” he said.

Reflecting on the program’s success, Carver expressed pride in the graduates’ commitment to serving the community.

Perry shared his journey, emphasizing that “Mitchell Community College was the right place for him.” He shared a piece of motivation, saying “it is never too late to get your start in law enforcement”

Photos Courtesy Mitchell Community College