Department of Juvenile Justice Officers Graduate from BLET Training
SMRT Team Members Wilcox and Floyd become 1st from DJJ to Complete Rigorous Course
Officer Aaron Wilcox (L), Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper (C), Officer Jesse Floyd (R)
At the Department of Juvenile Justice, dedication to excellence is contagious as our employees routinely go above and beyond the call to improve themselves in the support of Georgia youth in our care. Recently, this professional commitment broke new ground as two of the Department’s Security Management and Response Team (SMRT) members became the first officers ever to graduate from the rigorous Basic Law Enforcement Mandate Training (BLET) course held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.
Officer Wilcox, Special Operations Director Amy Fortner, Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper, Officer Floyd
SMRT Officer Aaron Wilcox and SMRT Officer Jesse Floyd graduated from the BLET course on September 20th at a ceremony attended by Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston. As a direct result of their graduation, Officers Wilcox and Floyd became Certified Peace Officers as recognized by the Georgia Peace Officers Standard and Training Council (POST).
Fellow SMRT Officers with Graduates Wilcox and Floyd
The BLET Mandate Training is one of the most intensely physical law enforcement courses available to law enforcement in Georgia. Lasting a grueling eleven weeks, the BLET course includes extensive training in firearms, defensive tactics, OC spray, emergency driving, criminal law education, arrest procedures, physical training, and comprehensive study of other areas in law enforcement. The skills learned at this training will benefit the Department through a wide variety of emergency and tactical situations.
Officer Wilcox receives his certification and congratulations from dignitaries including Speaker of the House David Ralston
Aaron Wilcox started his career with the Department of Juvenile Justice in 2004 at Eastman Youth Development Campus as a Juvenile Corrections Officer. He transferred to the Department of Corrections at Telfair State Prison in 2006, where he joined the tactical squad and was later promoted to Sergeant. He returned to the Department of Juvenile Justice at Eastman YDC and became a member of the Security Emergency Response Team (SERT). He was then promoted to the Statewide Security Management Response Team (SMRT), where he currently is assigned. He has completed a variety of specialized leadership training to include Tactical Basic, Security Management Basic Training, Sergeants Academy, and SERT Basic. Wilcox recently completed the eleven week Basic Law Enforcement Mandate training becoming a certified Peace Officer. He is one of the first two staff members to complete this training for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Officer Floyd receives his certification and congratulations from dignitaries including Speaker of the House David Ralston
Jesse Lee Floyd has proudly been employed with the State of Georgia for thirteen years. Floyd worked with the Department of Corrections for 12 years before transferring to the Department of Juvenile Justice. During his tenure with the Department of Corrections, he excelled through the ranks reaching Lieutenant and then moved into Special Operations where he served on the specialized Cobra Unit. Floyd became a member of the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Security Management Response Team (SMRT) in 2012 and where he is currently assigned. He has completed a variety of specialized leadership training to include Sergeants Academy, the Professional Management Program (PMP), Basic Management Training, Tactical Basic, and the Security Management Basic Training. Most recently he completed the eleven week Basic Law Enforcement Mandate training becoming a certified Peace Officer. He is one of the first two staff members to complete this training for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Officer Aaron Wilcox proudly shows his certificate
Officer Aaron Wilcox and Officer Jesse Floyd with their Peace Officer Certifications
Officer Jesse Floyd proudly shows his certificate
The BLET Mandate Class prepares to receive their certificates
Congratulations again to Officers Wilcox and Floyd!