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Five NKY Police Officers Complete Basic Training

Five Northern Kentucky police officers completed the first in-person basic training academy graduation ceremony at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Governor Andy Beshear spoke at the graduation ceremony, where twenty-nine officers from around the state were recognized.

“As your governor, I am honored to have each of you serving and protecting all Kentuckians,” Beshear said to the recruits. “Thank you, only a select few among us are called to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky in this role, and I am grateful to have each and every one of you on Team Kentucky.”

The graduates of Class 515 received 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over twenty weeks. Major training areas include: patrol procedures, physical training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic and DUI, firearms, criminal investigations, cultural awareness, bias-related crimes and responses to crisis situations.

“Today you graduate the academy having completed your training,” said DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek. “But this is just the beginning. Your career will be full of challenges and triumphs. But each day that you put on that uniform, know that there is a community who feels safer and more secure because of your commitment to integrity and professionalism.”

Northern Kentucky members of Class 515 and their agencies are:

Aubrey M. Carter
Florence Police Department

Tyler J. Hatfield
Newport Police Department

James W. Hauenstein
Newport Police Department

Tyler R. Jackson
Florence Police Department

Jason D. Samples
Newport Police Department
(Firearms Proficiency Award)

-Staff report