Clinton Police officer Tyler Matthis is living proof that Sampson Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program produces results in the real world.
The 2015 BLET graduate wasted no time accepting a job with the Clinton Police Department when offered the position. “I wanted to do more in my community,” he explains when asked why he came to SCC in the first place. “To help others and make my family proud.”
SCC’s future law enforcement officers are prepared for the job when they walk through the doors, which explains why man are successful in landing a career once training is over. “I gained numerous skills from being able to talk to people more, driving safely and being able to fire a weapon accurately,” Matthis said.
CPD Chief Donald Edwards doesn’t mince words when he talks about recruits that begin at Sampson Community College.
“The relationship CPD has with SCC and their BLET program is invaluable. Having such a strong relationship with the director and being able to actively interact and train together in the college’s program benefits the students and the police department.”
Instructors from the college, as well as Matthis’ new employer, both agree that his case is a prime example of the success that the college and the department works to achieve.
“Not only is he from the area and an outstanding person,” said Edwards. “He stood out in class and was recognized by the instructors as an exceptional police cadet. We are fortunate.”
Others hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement from a program recognized for excellence around the state, must complete a BLET packet. These packets take some time to process so time is of the essence to get your career off the ground.
The Night Academy begins Aug. 28 and will extend until June 2018 while the Day Academy begins Aug. 14 and will take place until January 2018. There is a mandatory pre-orientation Aug. 7 at 3 p.m.
To request a packet or for more information, please call Sharon West at 910-592-8081 ext. 2500