Five Northern Kentucky law enforcement officers completed the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training's Academy of Police Supervision.
APS, also known as the sergeant's academy, is a three-week, 120-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who on their agency's list to become sergeants.
While in APS, students participate in classes focusing on the role of a supervisor, as well as leadership, resolving conflict, managing diversity, monitoring officer performance, professional image, legal issues for supervisors, ethics, interpersonal communication, effective written communication, making decisions, solving problems, managing critical incidents, public speaking, emotional survival, budgeting, media relations
The graduating class is the 56th to complete APS since the program began. Covington Police Sgt. Matthew Winship served as class speaker.
APS is a stepping stone to DOCJT’s Kentucky Leadership Institute, which consists of a series of three progressive leadership courses aimed at developing and shaping future and current leaders in law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth.
In addition to Winship, R Aaron Mears of Covington Police, Steven R. Cornman of Williamstown Police, Michael Gross of Campbell Co. Police, and Nicholas Timon of Dayton Police, completed the course.
Meanwhile, five local officers completed basic training at the academy.
The 23 officers of Class 455 completed 18 weeks of training, which consisted of nearly 770 hours of recruit-level-officer academy instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid/CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.
Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers who are required to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998. The Department of Criminal Justice Training provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police and others.
Local officers completing the program were: Charles K. Duncan of the Kenton County Police, Christopher L. Hull of the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Matthew Lloyd and Nicholas Rhoden of Cold Spring Police, and Joshua A. Osterbrook of Erlanger Police.