By Kimberly Slater
Thirty-four officers are eligible to join the rosters of law enforcement agencies with the recent graduation of the latest Basic Law Enforcement Academy class at Walters State Community College.
The Basic Law Enforcement Academy, held at the college’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus, offers the eight-week training required of all new law enforcement recruits during their first year of employment. The program is part of the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy established at Walters State by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. It is also part of the college’s Public Safety Center of Emphasis, a designation recognizing its outstanding record in career preparation.
The speaker for the graduation exercises was Chief Mark Sirois, Johnson City Police Department. Officers for the class included: Christopher Owens, Hollow Rock, president and Christopher Finley, Smyrna, executive officer.
Sevier County will be adding four new officers from this graduation class. Those officers are Robert McGill of Kodak, added to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Joshua Selfridge of Gatlinburg, added to the Sevierville Police Department, Logan Starritt of Sevierville, added to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and Mathew Whaley of Sevierville, added to the Pigeon Forge Police Department.