NCC Celebrates 50th BLET Academy Graduation


In a special ceremony held Thursday, January 11, 2018, Nash Community College recognized eight officers for completing the College’s 50th Basic Law Enforcement Training academy. Joseph Wiley Corbett, III, Nashville Police Department Captain, was the guest speaker. Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Vance County Sheriff’s Office hired directly from the class.

“Nash Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training provides students a unique experience using advanced technology and instructional strategies and equipment like no other training in this region,” Public Safety Programs Department Chair Adam Gelo said. “We have worked hard to establish our reputation with law enforcement agencies and the community, and we are grateful for their continued support. Graduating 50 classes of law enforcement cadets is no small feat. It is indicative of NCC’s strong reputation and the community’s longstanding support,” Department Chair Adam Gelo said.

Graduates pictured from left are: Front row – Ismail Hazeam Naji Al-wadei of Littleton; Taylor Nicholas Lucas of Elm City; Rashawn Devante Harris of Rocky Mount, Salvador Vega, Jr. of Henderson, and Adam Gelo. Back row – Rashaud Dante’ Battle of Rocky Mount; Francisco Trejo, Jr. of Bailey; Andrew Seth Smith (Platoon Leader) of Rocky Mount and Aaron Deshaun Davis of Bunn.

Cadets participated in rigorous physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction covering topics related to legal, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, investigative, patrol, custody, court procedures, emergency responses, ethics, community relations and more during the twenty-seven week training. To graduate, students successfully completed and passed all units of study, including the certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

Nash Community College has trained law enforcement officers through its BLET program since 1999. Because of the regional reputation of the program, and due to its quality and growth along with the College’s superior in-service law enforcement training, Nash Community College expanded the BLET training options with the opening of the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Training in the new Continuing Education and Public Services Building. For more information, call 252-451-8298 or email