Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 115th class of Public Safety Dispatch Academy

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Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers have graduated last week from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included nine trainees of distinction.

The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 115th 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. 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 by 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 115 graduates and their agencies are:

*Maritza Lea Arnett, Bowling Green Police Department
Ronni Blanton, Boyd County PSCC
*◊Haley Dawn Buchanan, Webster County 911
*Larry Todd Centers, Jr. , Whitley County E-911
*MiKayla Brooke Charles, Lexington Enhanced 911
Michelle Collins, Perry County E-911
Shayla S. Conley, Maysville Police Department
Monica Dietz, Erlanger Police Department
*◊Derek Chase Dorman, Casey County E-911
Jamie Drane, Ohio County Sheriff’s Office
*Monica Fraley, Prestonsburg Police Department
Kimberly M. Genis, City of Paducah 911
Joshua Hawk, Pulaski County 911
Dawn R. Henry, Lexington Enhanced 911
Chrissy Johnson, Bowling Green Police Department
Bobby D. Lee, Bowling Green Police Department
Amanda Lowe, Pikeville Police Department
Jeffrey Wayne Oliver, Estill County 911
*Cody Pennington, Clay County 911
*◊Brittany N. Perrin, Butler County E-911
Chasity L. Spencer, Lawrenceburg Police Department
*Jeffrey B. Woosley, Bowling Green Police Department

* Denotes Trainee of Distinction
◊ Denotes graduate of 165 1/2-hour Non-CJIS Public Safety Dispatch Academy

From Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

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