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ONLY ON 3: CFCC law enforcement program seeing higher demand


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Cape Fear Community College students helped detectives find evidence that led to the discovery of human remains Friday. The students were a part of CFCC's Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program, which professors say is packed with students ready to protect and serve.

CFCC BLET Director John Ward says the program usually sees a lull of interested students during specific sections of the courses offered, but not this year.

"With the media attention on all the security toward the schools especially we have not seen that," Ward said. "Every one of our classes have been at the maximum."

Ward says students still have more work to do after graduating the program, but he says with the increased demand for officers in schools, he thinks more positions will open up soon.

"They need to have some experience. They need to mature in law enforcement," Ward said. "As I understand it from Sheriff (Ed) McMahon, the people that he is putting in the schools right now, the new people, are more experienced officers, and our cadets will probably take their place in the department."

Some BLET students got some real life experience Friday when they helped wilmington police discover human remains believed to be Alma Lawson. The 83-year-old went missing in November.

Britt Buell was in the class that made the discovery. He says it only made him want to work harder.

"To me and to the rest of the people in my class, it's a rush," Buell said. "We enjoy doing that sort of thing. That's why were here, and it was awesome to be able to able to do that."

The class responsible for helping police Friday is set to graduate in February.

Buell says he is excited to get to work and protect the community he loves.

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