BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After 11 intense weeks and 443 hours of training, 30 recruits are now graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
The attendees had to learn about criminal law, community relations, patrol tactics, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, firearms, and other law enforcement-related topics.
Recruits were also required to meet Cooper Institute standards for physical fitness in several categories, like sit-ups, push-ups, vertical leap, 1.5 mile run, 300 meter run, and an obstacle course.
This is the largest class in the program's ten year history.
Eight Tennessee law enforcement agencies had representation in the course.