Blount County Sheriff James Berrong announced that thirteen recruits graduated April 3, from the Sheriff’s Office third Basic Law Enforcement academy.
The 11-week basic course began in January. The 13 graduates underwent 448 hours of intense law enforcement training, including criminal law, community relations, patrol tactics, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, firearms, as well as other law enforcement related topics.
Recruits are also required to meet Cooper Institute standards for physical fitness in several categories, including sit-ups, pushups, vertical leap, 1 ½ mile run, 300 meter run, and an obstacle course.
The training took place at Eagleton Middle School, as well as the Sheriff’s Office training facility located on Honeysuckle Road in west Blount County.
Graduates employed by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office will also go through 12 weeks of field training.
In addition, McKenzie Sherman was recognized with the Sheriff’s Office Citizen Service Award.
Sherman has performed the National Anthem for four Blount County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement academy graduation ceremonies. She is an eighth grade student at Eagleton Middle School. Her parents are Jeff and Julie Sherman, and they are both teachers with Blount County Schools.
The Citizen Service Award is awarded to any citizen who is not a Sheriff’s Office employee, and who displays an act or achievement directly related to the overall law enforcement objectives of the Sheriff’s Office.