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Blount County Sheriff James L. Berrong has announced that Phillip Hobbs from the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and Jared Nunley of the Tracy City Police Department were among the 30 recruits that recently graduated from the Sheriff’s Office tenth Basic Law Enforcement Academy. This was the largest recruit class to date.
The 11-week basic course began September 9. The 30 graduates underwent 443 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 in west Blount County.
The graduates represented eight East Tennessee law enforcement agencies.
In addition Jared Nunley also received the Don E. Boring Law Enforcement Award of Excellence. The honor is awarded by the Fraternal Order of Police, Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 in Maryville, to the recruit who displays honesty, integrity, perseverance, team spirit, and the desire to excel and is given in honor of Chief Don E. Boring, who set the standard for law enforcement at the Maryville Police Department, as well as the BCSO. Chief Boring advanced through the ranks as an officer with MPD until assuming the rank of Chief of Police. He retired as chief in 1989. He then served as Chief Deputy with the BCSO until 1999, retired, then returned to the BCSO as interim chief deputy from 2002 until 2004. Chief Boring was persistent in the implementation of technological advancement in law enforcement.