Twenty-five law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included nine trainees of distinction.
The graduates hail from communications centers across the state and comprise DOCJT’s 117th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.
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 accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training in 2013 – making it the nation’s only law enforcement training academy to achieve dual accreditation by two independent accrediting organizations.
Class 117 graduates and their agencies are:
Kayla Boyd, Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Communications Center
Samson James Churchwell, Bell County Dispatch
* Taylor D. Craft, Madison County E-911
Raven Day, Madisonville Police Department
Patricia Diehl, Danville Police Department
* John P. Gallagher, Henderson Police Department
Austin Hale, Nelson County 911 Dispatch
* Shannon R. Hicks, Greenup County E-911
* Zechariah Houk, Campbellsville Police Department
◊ Kristy Alene Hunt, Martin County 911
Brittany Janes, Madisonville Police Department
* Cameron S. Miller, Henderson Police Department
Alyssa Jayne Pelfrey, Radcliff Police Department
* Victoria B. Pinerola, Owensboro Police Department
Ashley N. Pingleton, Madison County E-911
Denise Michelle Proctor, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office
Rebecca Kayleen Romano, Logan County E.C.C.
Faith Ann Ruckel, Lewis County EMA-911
Kaitlin Nichole Sanders, Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office
Shalise Ranstrom Saylor, Madison County E-911
Jacob Allan Steiner, Madison County E-911
Drew Swanigan, Georgetown/Scott County E-911
Jonathan Waters, Bullitt County E-911 Dispatch
Allison Weatherholt, Henderson Police Department
Dustin L. Wood, Livingston County E-911
- Denotes Trainee of Distinction
◊ Denotes graduate of 165 1/2-hour Non-CJIS Public Safety Dispatch Academy