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Local law enforcement officers complete academy training

Two Carter Countians were among the 49 students who graduated as part of Class 116 of the Walters State Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
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 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 after being employed by a law enforcement agency.
The program is part of the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy established at Walters State by the POST Commission. It is also part of the college’s Public Safety Center of Emphasis, a designation recognizing its outstanding record in career preparation.
Carter County students, who are now graduates, include Jacob Hill of Elizabethton, who is employed with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and Evan Wade of Elizabethton, who is employed with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
Also, two Mountain City residents, Caleb Lipford and Faith Poteet, both with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, completed the training and studies and were part of Class 116.
Christopher Caudill, a member of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, also was a member of the class and completed graduation requirement.