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Twenty-two graduates of South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy, Class 252, were recently recognized at a ceremony on June 13 on the SFSC Highlands Campus, Avon Park.
The 22 prospective police officers receiving BLE occupational certificates were Seth T. Abeln, Tyler L. Avery, Steve Benitez Jr., Stella Brakefield, John Caminero, Dwayne T. Council, Nadean S. Crossley, Cody A. Daigneault, Tyler Dawson, Eugenio DeArce, Toby M. Elam, Aaron Gilliard, Jose Mar, Brandon D. Olsen, Issaih Palacios, Cody Pearlman, Simon Shackelford, Terrance B. Stoute, Benjamin J. Toney, Tevin T. Toney, Juan Valdez-Pinon, and James C. Wright.
Before receiving individual awards and certificates, keynote speaker Major Brandon Ball of the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative and Financial Services, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, addressed the cadets.
“Commit to family and teammates,” Ball said. “Your ultimate goal is to go home at the end of every shift. Remember that your training has helped to save your life. Your training has helped to save your family’s and teammate’s lives as well.”
Ball urged the graduates, “Maintain focus and dedication to your craft. Your communities are counting on you. Keep that service mindset.”
Special awards were presented to Cody Pearlman who earned top honors for his academic excellence while Seth Abeln scored the Top Firearms award for his work on the shooting range. Dwayne Council was recognized as the Class Leader.
SFSC’s BLE Academy students are trained to become law enforcement officers in Florida. By completing the program successfully, graduates are eligible to take the state certification examination to become certified law enforcement officers. For more information about SFSC’s BLE Academy, call 863-784-7285.