Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 28 officers from Basic Training Academy

Twenty-eight law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated Thursday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

The graduates of Class 499 completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid and CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and the mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.

Several recruits earned awards for their academy performance, including two recruits 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. Recruits of distinction must participate in a community project and actively promote teamwork within the class environment.

All award recipients are identified in the listing below.

Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998. The Department of Criminal Justice Training provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police and others.

The agency also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky law enforcement officers and public safety dispatch training.

The Department of Criminal Justice Training 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 499 graduates and their agencies are:

Travis W. Adams
Bowling Green Police Department

Donovan I. Aders
Owensboro Police Department

Susana Aguilar
Bowling Green Police Department

Cody D. Crawford
Danville Police Department

Shawn A. Cucci
Owensboro Police Department

Jacob R. Farley
Danville Police Department

Ronnie E. Giles III
McCracken County Sheriff’s Office

Wade M. Hughes
Bowling Green Police Department
Firearms Proficiency Award

Haydon A. Humphreys
Owensboro Police Department

John M. Merson, Jr.
Maysville Police Department
Recruit of Distinction recipient, Academic Achievement award recipient

Karl S. Middleton
Barbourville Police Department
Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness recipient

Tayler A. Moore
Flemingsburg Police Department
Most Improved Award for Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics

Christian A. Nava
Warren County Sheriff’s Office

Logan W. Nevitt
Owensboro Police Department
Recruit of Distinction recipient

Garion Robinson
Worthington Police Department

Miranda N. Rone
Bowling Green Police Department

Austin Scholes
University of Kentucky Police Department

Tyler J. Simpson
Mayfield Police Department

Landon R. Spurlock
Ohio County Sheriff’s Office

Bryce C. Stewart
Paducah Police Department
Coordinator’s Award recipient

Kevin L. Thacker
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office

Charles L. Whittaker
Owensboro Police Department

Dustin R. Williams
Radcliff Police Department

Stevie L. Wood III
Univ. of Kentucky Police Department

Kendra C. Woodard
Bowling Green Police Department

Kyle D. Woodward
Radcliff Police Department

Treyton D. Wyatt
Glasgow Police Department

Joshua A. Yoebstl
Bowling Green Police Department

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