Because of the recent graduation of the latest Walters State Community College Basic Law Enforcement Academy class, 37 officers are eligible to join the rosters of law enforcement agencies.
The Basic Law Enforcement Academy, held at the college’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus, offers the eight-week training required of all new law enforcement recruits during their first year of employment.
The program is part of the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy, established at Walters State by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
The speaker for the graduation exercises, which were held in March, was Chief Jack Baldwin of the Pigeon Forge Police Department.
Award winners for the class from the Lakeway Area included Michelle H. Gilliam of Kingsport, who was awarded the defensive and tactical driving award, and Greenville’s Kevin B. Swatsell and Bill Walters Jr.
Swatsell was given the Charles Edward Baskette Memorial award for courage and determination and Walters was given the Tennessee Sheriffs’Association award.
Lakeway Area graduates included: —Johnathan C. Ball, Jonathan R. Ochs and Jerry L. Vandergriff of Cocke County. —Brandon L. Metcalf, Kevin B. Swatsell and Bill Walters Jr. of Greene County. —Weston E. Holt of Hamblen County. —Spencer Arwood and Cambren Gibson of Hawkins County. —Lucas A. France and Scott A. Ownby of Jefferson County.