RICHMOND, Ky. (May 27, 2021)
– The Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) announced today that 29 law enforcement officers from agencies across the state have graduated the basic training academy.
"Your hard work and dedication have brought you to this day, where you transition from recruits to officers," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "As you begin working in your communities, remember that this is a job about people. Serve well. Protect honorably. And on the long days, know that your community is indebted to the work you do to make this a safer Kentucky."
The graduates of Class 516 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.
"That badge demonstrates a sacred trust and covenant between you as public servants and the public you serve," DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek told recruits. "Wear it with the dignity and honor it deserves; the dignity and honor that your fellow man deserves."
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 516 graduates and their agencies are:David K. Adams
Martin County SheriffBrady J. Ast
Florence Police DepartmentAllyson K. Banks
Oldham County Police DepartmentBrian S. Berry
Taylorsville Police DepartmentAdam L. Black
Campbellsville Police DepartmentRayniqico D. Bradshaw
Danville Police DepartmentTaylor D. Cissell
Paducah Police DepartmentTyler L. Covington
Oldham County Police Department
(Firearms Proficiency Award)Joseph R. Davis
Warsaw Police DepartmentTroy A. Greenlee
Boone County SheriffKimberly M. Gunsett
Oldham County Police DepartmentJonathan T. Hayden
Calloway County Sheriff
(Most Improved for Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics Award)Justin M. Holman
Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills Police DepartmentMorgan L. Justice
Middlesboro Police DepartmentJoshua Paul King
Estill County Sheriff
(Coordinator's Award)Zachary D. Lamblin
Hopkinsville Police DepartmentRonald E. Long III
Taylorsville Police Department
(Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness)Nicholas S. Metzger
Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills Police DepartmentJoseph M. Osborne II
Lawrence County SheriffBryan R. Potts
Paducah Police DepartmentHaley H. Ransler
Florence Police DepartmentTara Roberts
Booneville Police DepartmentPeyton T. Smith
Tompkinsville Police DepartmentTrent A. Smith
Daviess County SheriffJennifer L. Szyszkiewicz
Paducah Police Department
(Academic Award)Thien-Kim T. Tran
Fayette County Schools Police DepartmentDaniel C. Walker
Boone County SheriffTristan C. Wampler
Cadiz Police DepartmentZakkary L. West
Harrodsburg Police Department