Sheriff’s Office Training Unit receives conference honors

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit received honors at the Tennessee Training Law Enforcement Officers Association Conference in Pigeon Forge recently.

The Training Unit was presented with the Positive Force Award, which is awarded by VF Imagewear. VF Imagewear created the Positive Force Award to honor officers who have distinguished themselves, their departments, and their profession through extraordinary acts. Nominees are evaluated on their valor, community service, and other notable contributions to society.

“The Blount County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit received the award because of their vision and strategic planning involved in the development of the training academy,” Vickie Palmer, territory sales manager for VF Imagewear said. “The process involved everything from laying out the course of instruction, to choosing and training instructors, creating lesson plans, and finding a facility.”

Palmer went on to say that the BCSO Training Unit overcame many challenges and obstacles while planning the training academy, and was able to do it with limited resources.

“We are very proud of our Training Unit,” Sheriff James Berrong said. “Our law enforcement training academy has already established a reputation in the state of Tennessee as being the best training academy in the state. These recruits receive the best and most professional training available. We are very lucky to have this high caliber of training officers in our unit.”

All seven members of the Training Unit received a certificate, and the whole unit was awarded $500, which will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment.

The BCSO Law Enforcement Training Academy will begin its fifth class on Jan. 4. To date, the Academy has graduated 40 recruits who have gone on to work for not only the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, but the Alcoa Police Department, Maryville Police Department, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Vonore Police Department, Tellico Plains Police Department, Lenoir City Police Department, Clinton Police Department, Kingston Police Department, and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the first time since VF Wear developed the Positive Force Award in 2005 that a law enforcement agency in Tennessee has received the award.

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