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Blue Ridge honors Detention Officer Academy graduates

The Spring 2022 graduates of Blue Ridge Community College’s Detention Officer Certification Academy pose together after the graduation ceremony. From left are: Dr. Laura Leatherwood, President, Blue Ridge Community College; Lieutenant Michael Murphy, Director, DOCC School; James Campbell; Shawn W. Patton; Cody J. Cline; Dustin C. Jones; Brandon N. Blankenship; Philip Hosmer, Dean, Blue Ridge Public Safety Training.

Blue Ridge Community College’s Detention Officer Certification Academy hosted a recognition ceremony for its Spring 2022 graduates on Tuesday, March 22, in the College’s Thomas Auditorium.

The list of graduates and their representing agencies included:

  • Brandon Blankenship – Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office
  • James Campbell – Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cody J. Cline – Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dustin C. Jones – Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shawn W. Patton – Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

The ceremony included a keynote by Captain Jeremy Queen of the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, presentation and retrieval of colors by the Henderson County Law Enforcement Honor Guard, and the awarding of certificates.

Certificates were presented by Lieutenant Michael Murphy with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, and David Hensley, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator.

Philip Hosmer, Dean of Public Safety Training at Blue Ridge, expressed his pride for the graduates and wished them all luck in their careers.

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