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NKY Dispatchers Graduate from State Training Academy

Twenty-three law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy (PSDA) at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

The graduates hail from communications centers across the commonwealth, and comprise DOCJT’s 124th PSDA class. The dispatch academy first began in 1999.

Five graduates are from Northern Kentucky agencies.

The students graduating from PSDA represent the successful completion of a highly structured and comprehensive curriculum. The five weeks of training consisted of 205 hours of academy instruction to satisfy mandated training requirements.

Major training areas included identifying the role and responsibilities of the dispatcher, correct phone and radio procedures, handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service, emergency medical dispatch protocols and use of the state and national criminal databases.

This class included seven trainees of distinction. To earn this recognition, a student must not fail any tested area, not receive any disciplinary action, earn an evaluation rating of acceptable in every observed category and score an average of 95 percent or higher on all academic tests. Students who achieve this distinction are given a special academy pin to wear on their uniforms.

Dispatch basic training is mandatory for any sworn or civilian employee who will dispatch law enforcement officers by radio at a Criminal Justice Information Systems agency. DOCJT also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky public safety dispatchers and law enforcement officers.

Class 124 graduates from NKY and their agencies are:

Tiffany Brianne Austin 

Boone County Public Safety Communications Center

Tisha R. Chestnut 

Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch Center 
(Trainee of Distinction)

Danielle Garcia-Evans 

Bracken County 911 
(Trainee of Distinction)

Brannen McDonald 

Boone County Public Safety Communications Center 
(Trainee of Distinction)

Christina Withrow 

Pendleton County Dispatch

-Staff report