Completed five weeks of training
RICHMOND, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — Twenty-one law enforcement dispatchers graduated today from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 105th 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.
Public Safety Dispatch Class No. 105 graduated three trainees of distinction. To receive the honor, students must have a GPA of 95 percent or above, no failures or retests and no disciplinary action above a verbal warning.
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 105** graduates and their agencies are:
- Billie Jo Clark, Lebanon Police Department
- *Christine A. Garcia, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office
- *Christopher A. Garcia, Trigg County E-911
- Carissa Leigh Goodlett, Danville Police 911 Center
- Shelby Jackson, Union County E-911
- Mary K. Williamson, Union County E-911
- Jessica Yvonne Jones, Winchester Police Department
- Tristan Rogers, Winchester Police Department
- Jenifer Miller, Murray State University Police Department
- Jeff D. Olson, Frankfort/Franklin County E-911
- Cody H. Ruzanka, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
- Alexandria N. Scott, Hopkinsville Police Department
- David R. Smith, Greenup County E-911
- Amber Spaulding, Shelby County E-911
- *Chris Staples, Owensboro Police Department
- Karen M. Stewart, Greensburg Police Department
- Wesley D. Toney, University of Kentucky Police Department
- William T. Tweedy, Jr., Monticello/Wayne County 911
- Canaan White, Whitley County E-911
- Russell Wayne Yarbrough, Whitley County E-911
- Jacob Carl Wright, Cincinnati/N.Kentucky Airport Police Department
*Denotes Trainees of Distinction