24 recruits complete 800 hours of training
RICHMOND, Ky. (June 30, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) announced that 24 law enforcement officers from agencies across the state have graduated the basic training academy.
“The hard work you've put in over the last 20 weeks has paid off," Gov. Beshear said. “We look forward to seeing how you will help create safer communities and pray that each of you have a safe and healthy career serving the people of Kentucky."
DOCJT is committed to providing officers with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to protect the diverse communities they serve. The graduates of Class 528 received 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over 20 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 tactical responses to crisis situations.
“Choosing to follow the calling to law enforcement carries with it a commitment of honor, integrity, responsibility and professionalism," said DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek. “Be true to yourself, your oath, your fellow officers and the citizens who are depending on you."
DOCJT provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs' deputies, university police, airport police throughout the state, only excluding Louisville Metro Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Bowling Green Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, which each have independent academies.
Class 528 graduates and their agencies are:
Aaron C. Amshoff, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Troy Carlson Jr., Morganfield Police Department
Jarrett R. Carr, Corbin Police Department
Tayler S. Davis, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Aaron C. Duncan, Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office
Seth R. Farthing, Paducah Police Department
James D. Fields, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Brian France, Laurel County Sheriff's Office
Cory S. Harber, Fleming County Sheriff's Office
Stone J. Harris, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Stephen K. Hartley, Georgetown Police Department
Toni R. Hudspeth, Henderson County Sheriff's Office
Valerie M. Johnson, University of Louisville Police Department
Jimmy R. McIntosh, Owenton Police Department
Derrick Moore, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Theodore T. Oldendick, Gallatin County Sheriff's Office
Ven J. Patterson, University of Louisville Police Department
Austin T. Poindexter, Bell County Sheriff's Office
Jimmy D. Rice, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Christian Roberts, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Samuel Shearer, Berea Police Department
Zachary Valerius, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department
Jonathan L. Wagner, Mason County Sheriff's Office
Mitchell R. Weekley, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources