By Tamas Mondovics
The Walters Regional Law Enforcement Academy honored the cadets during its Class 112 graduation ceremony held last month.
According to WSCC officials, forty-three students graduated, becoming POST-certified to work as law enforcement officers for Tennessee agencies.
Johnson County graduates included Dillon Hicks (Mountain City, Mountain City PD), with the Montgomery County (all with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department) includes Marcus Daw, (Clarksville) James Moore, (Clarksville), Kevin Padilla, (Clarksville), and Michael Weber, (Clarksville).
Lieutenant Mike Fraley of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department was the guest speaker.
Based at the college’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus, the academy is an intensive nine-week, 480-hour program. Upon completion, students are awarded the technical certificate in Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education. Most are employed by a law enforcement agency and are eligible to apply for certification by the Police Officers Standards and Training Commission as a certified peace officer in the state of Tennessee.
The program is part of the college’s Public Safety Center of Emphasis, a designation recognizing its outstanding record in career preparation.
Graduates also included Carter County’s Cory Locklear of Blountville, Carter County Sheriff’s Office; Hawkins County’s Raymond Owens of Bulls Gap, Student and Robert Anderson of Rogersville, Student; Sullivan County’s Benjamin Beach of Blountville, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office,
Jeremy Lynch of Bristol, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Megan Smith of Kingsport, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and Todd Stanley of Kingsport, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office; Washington County’s Jessica Brown of Jonesborough, Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Walters State is a learning centered, comprehensive community college established in 1970 to provide affordable and quality higher education opportunities for the residents of East Tennessee.
In 1957, the Pierce-Albright Report on Higher Education in Tennessee was made to the Tennessee Legislative Council.
This report reflected the need for additional higher education opportunities to be provided for the average Tennessean. Upper East Tennessee was one of many places where higher education was not readily available to the citizens.
Walters State received accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1972 and, after completion of an effective institutional Self Study Program, received reaffirmation of accreditation in December 1976. Extensive institutional Self Studies were completed during 1985-87, 1995-97, and 2005-07. Subsequent to the successful Self Studies, Walters State received reaffirmation of accreditation in December 1987, December 1997, and June 2008.