STAND T.A.L.L. Thank A Local Lawman presented the Law Enforcement Division at Blue Ridge Community College with a $1000.00 donation. The donation is to be used to help pay tuition and related course costs for one or more incoming students selected by the Division’s team that oversees their 16-week Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class.
According to Ron Kauffman, President of STAND T.A.L.L., “This is our third year as donors to the BRCC Law Enforcement Division for the benefit of students seeking to enter their BLET program. We’re delighted to be able to provide funds to help with costs related to educating future members of NC law enforcement.
(Attached photo - BRCC and STAND T.A.L.L. personnel are from left to right – Lisa Adkins, VP for Advancement, Sharon Hanson, VP STAND T.A.L.L., Ron Kauffman, President STAND T.A.L.L., Sherry Phillips, Director of Law Enforcement Training, Dr. Laura Leatherwood, President BRCC and Chris English, VP for Economics & Workforce Development)
Asked about their program and this donation, Sherry Phillips, Director of Law Enforcement Training said, “Blue Ridge Community College is known throughout North Carolina for the quality and high standards of our Law Enforcement classes. Our BLET training, in particular, goes well beyond the minimum state requirements. We’re aware that the need for new recruits for law enforcement is increasing, but tuition costs, the growing challenges, inherent dangers of the job and the modest compensation offered law enforcement is making it more difficult to attract younger people to that career. Thanks to STAND T.A.L.L. we are able to offer financial assistance to some qualified students who otherwise might not be able to enroll in our training.”
The Sentinel Patriot Club, dba STAND T.A.L.L.© is a North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Their Mission includes integrating law enforcement into programs with at-risk youth in our community through their “Kids & Cops” program which is in its third year with the Boys & Girls Club, funding educational needs of current and future LE officers, and helping to fund unbudgeted needs of local area law enforcement departments. Their most recent projects included providing materials and funds to have the new K-9 Agility Park built behind the County jail, and a $10,000 donation for the purchase and training of a new multi-purpose dog for the HCSO K-9 division.
We had a wonderful turnout at our Apple Festival booth over the Labor Day weekend and attracted a lot of attention! It's nice to get the word out in our community about our important cause.
The raffle went well and all the money we raised will be used for the purchase and training of the new K-9 for the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us or helped in any way!
Positive interactions are what we strive for at the Club, and these interactions have recently included
local law enforcement officers. Since April of 2018, the new "Kids & Cops" program has built positive relationships
between members and officers and promoted fun and playful interactions.
Thanks to the Stand T.A.L.L. (Thank A Local Lawman) Foundation, several days a week, uniformed,
off-duty police officers are on campus at the Club. In addition to enhancing campus security, this
partnership provides Club youth with informal opportunities to get to know officers and engage
with them through good, old-fashioned play. "The kids are our most precious resource, and we"re
hoping that the program will help change attitudes. That is such a big, big thing for us,"
Stand TALL's Ron Kauffman said.
Many members have enjoyed these points of contact and say about the officers things like, "They are so nice and helpful, and they are great at sports." Others enjoy simple everyday connections like sharing snacks. One member in particular recently remarked that having officers here have inspired him about his future. "They made me want to be a policeman or fireman when I grow up!"
Stand T.A.L.L. recently bought lunch for the staff at Boys & Girls Club and also donated $200 to the Youth of the Month program. We received these nice notes back, explaining how our donation will be used. We appreciate the Boys & Girls Club and all they do for our community!
STAND T.A.L.L. Thank A Local Lawman presented the Law Enforcement Division at Blue Ridge Community College with a $1000.00 donation to be used to help pay tuition costs for one or more incoming students selected by the Division’s team that oversees their 16-week Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class. (Photo attached below)
According to Ron Kauffman, President of STAND T.A.L.L., “This is our second year as donors to the Law Enforcement Division for the benefit of students seeking to enter their BLET program.
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