Sheriff’s Office graduates eleven from basic law enforcement academy

Eleven recruits graduated recently from the Sheriff’s Office fifth Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

The event was held at First Baptist Church of Maryville on March 19.

The 11-week basic course began on Jan. 4. The 11 graduates underwent 445 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, push-ups, 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 so through 12 weeks of field training.

The 11 graduates of Class 005 who represent seven different area law enforcement agencies, are Keith Hackney, Angela Jones and David Mendez with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office; Rondel Branam with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office; Nathan Cook with the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office; Jon Frazier with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office; Joshua Martin with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; David Massengill with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office; Paul Pritchard with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office; Tracy Thompson with the Rockwood Police Department; and Tony Williams with the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition, three recruits were honored with special awards: Firearms Proficiency Award and the Top Driver Award went to Tony Williams with the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office. The Physical Fitness Award and the Don E. Boring Law Enforcement Award of Excellence went to David Mendez with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Keith Hackney with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as valedictorian, and he also won the William D. Nuchols Outstanding Officer Award.

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