On February 17th, Officer Bledsoe was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Bledsoe graduated from Sinclair Police Academy. Shorty after graduation, he was commissioned with the Waynesville Police Department in February 2011. Sergeant Bledsoe received a commendation on October 1, 2012 for conducting a traffic stop which brought several cases to a successful conclusion of a multiple jurisdiction copper theft. Sergeant Bledsoe was also awarded Officer of the Year for 2012.