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NKY Police Sergeants, Dispatchers Graduate from Academy

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

The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 127th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.

The students graduating from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy 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.

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.

DOCJT is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The agency is the first in the nation to be accredited under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ public safety training program designation. DOCJT also earned accreditation through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training in 2013.

Northern Kentucky members of Class 127 are:

Jessica Danielle Hay Maysville Police Department

Joshua R. Martin Boone County Public Safety Center

Amanda M. Thornton Bracken County E-911

Law enforcement officers from agencies across the commonwealth were recognized Friday for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision.

APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants.

While in APS, students participate in classes focusing on the role of a supervisor, 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, media relations and others.

The graduating class is the 82nd to complete APS since the program began in 2003. University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe served as guest speaker.

The Department of Criminal Justice Training is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. 

Northern Kentucky graduates of APS Class 82 are:

Sgt. Ron Hutchinson Falmouth Police Department

Sgt. David Osborne Dry Ridge Police Department

Sgt. Kevin Vaske Boone County Sheriff’s Office

-Staff report