23 law enforcement officers graduated from basic training at DOCTJ

The DOCJT provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriff’s deputies, college police, and airport police throughout the state

RICHMOND, Kentucky (WTVQ) (PUBLICATION) – On Thursday, Feb. 2, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) announced that 23 law enforcement officers from agencies across the state had graduated from the academy basic training.

“Congratulations to these 23 men and women who have dedicated themselves to 20 weeks of extensive basic training,” Governor Beshear said. “Now more than ever, our community needs public safety professionals and I am grateful for your dedication and commitment to our people. We wish you a safe and fulfilling career in service to the Commonwealth.

DOCJT is committed to providing agents with best practices, the latest technology training, and legal information to protect the diverse communities they serve. Class 523 graduates received 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over 20 weeks. Major areas of training include patrol procedures, physical training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic and DUI, firearms, criminal investigations, cultural awareness, related crimes prejudice and tactical responses to crisis situations.

“This class has already faced a difficult challenge with the passing of Morgan County Deputy Alex Spencer, who served as Class 523 leader,” said DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek. “Your career will be full of challenges and triumphs. But every day you put on this uniform, know that there is a community that feels more secure because of your commitment to integrity and professionalism.

The DOCJT provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriff’s deputies, college police, airport police statewide, excluding only the police department of Bowling Green, the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Lexington Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police, which each have academies.

Class 523 graduates and their agencies are:

Jacob M. Atwood
Liberty Police Department

Skyler P. Bickett
Henderson Police Department

Connor T. Bleser
Newport Police Department

Travion L. Carr
Henderson Police Department

Stanley A. Cash
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office

Dustin Charles
Greenup County Sheriff’s Office

Tyler J. Crane
Graves County Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy N. Crawford
Hopkinsville Police Department

Tyler D. Daniels
Worthington Police Department

april drake
Danville Police Department

Joe W. Ganns, III
Newport Police Department

Hector H. González
Henderson Police Department

Raymond W. Kindig
Paris Police Station

Matthew D. Krone
McCracken County Sheriff’s Office

Garrick D. Lamb
Princeton Police Department

Joshua Pelfrey
Richmond Police Department

Kevin T. Quarles
Christian County Sheriff’s Office

Patrick A. Reynolds
Newport Police Department

Trevor A. Ripberger
Newport Police Department

Bill J. Stevens
Carter County Sheriff’s Office

Christian M. Stidham
Perry County Sheriff’s Office

Marcus B. Stigall
Laurel County Sheriff’s Office

Derek M. Sutton
Owensboro Police Department

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