Over the course of the last several months, a pilot program was established at the Benson Police Department, to select a qualified candidate to attend the NC Basic Law Enforcement Training Course, and employ them both during and after the successful completion of the course. The intent of the Police Trainee program was to provide a career opportunity for a qualified and deserving individual within the Benson community, and the program received the endorsement and support of the Town of Benson Board of Commissioners, and Town management.
When it was announced, approximately twelve applicants expressed interest in the position, and eight applications were received, including two from current Town of Benson employees. After a rigorous screening process, to include a thorough background investigation, a medical examination, academic tests, and an interview with a review panel, a candidate was selected to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Training session that begins on January 7, 2016 at Johnston Community College, in Smithfield, NC.
Lindy W. Macon, who currently holds the Administrative Assistant position at the Police Department, and a fifteen-year employee of the Town of Benson, was chosen for the pilot program, and has enrolled in the upcoming BLET session.
Chief Kenneth Edwards stated, “My supervisors and I interviewed and evaluated each of the candidates, and we determined that along with her advanced education, Lindy’s knowledge of the community, her rapport with our citizens, and her familiarity with the operations of the Police Department made her the most qualified applicant. We look forward to supporting her as she proceeds through the BLET course, and to welcoming her as a sworn law enforcement officer, once her training is complete. I’m confident she’ll do well, and she’ll be a great addition to our ranks.”