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Two UTPD officers, Rozzie Bomar and Travis Hamlin, graduated from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy. They were among 25 recruits representing nine law enforcement agencies across Tennessee.

Graduates completed 500 hours of law enforcement training during the 12-week course, including criminal law, patrol tactics, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, community relations, and other law enforcements topics. The recruits also had to meet accepted standards for physical fitness, including sit-ups, push-ups, a 1.5-mile run, a 300-meter run, and an obstacle course.

Bomar was valedictorian of the class and was awarded the Don E. Boring Law Enforcement Award of Excellence, given to the recruit who displays honesty, integrity, perseverance, team spirit, and the desire to excel.


Mike Richardson (865-974-6288,