Twenty-three law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included 12 trainees of distinction.
The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 123rd 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.
Maysville Police Dispatcher Beth Smith received the academic achievement award and Jill Terry, dispatcher for Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch, received the outstanding portfolio award.
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.
Class 123 graduates and their agencies are:
- Shannon D. Cain, London/Laurel County Communications Center
Wade Coffey, Greenup County E-911
Tristan N. Drake, Muhlenberg County 911
- Monaca Rae Gales, Pendleton County E-911
Shelby Handshoe, Pikeville Police Department
- Makenzi Cheyenne Hill, Jessamine Co. E-911
Samuel Dylan Hillard, Rockcastle Co. E-911
Miranda Holmes, University of Kentucky Police Department
- Cassie L. McCandless, Cynthiana/Harrison County E-911
- Mollie McGuire, Pikeville Police Department
Gary R. Newman, Winchester Police Department
Everett N. Penick, Nelson County E-911
- Cody C. Scott, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
- Lauren Shaffer, Owensboro-Daviess County Central Dispatch
- Beth Smith, Maysville Police Department
- Krystal M. Smith, Muhlenberg County 911
*◊ James Curtis Stephens, Hickman County Dispatch
Mikayla Tabor, Hardin County E-911
Jill Terry, Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch
- Kaitlyn Trussell, Carlisle Police Department
Montana Vanderkolk, Hopkinsville Police Department
- Alexis Williams, Paintsville/Johnson County E-911
Julia Wirth, Harrodsburg Police Department
Denotes Trainee of Distinction
◊ Denotes graduate of 165 1/2-hour Non-CJIS Public Safety Dispatch Academy