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DOCJT Basic Training Academy recruits donate blood during community service project

In one of the largest academy-wide community service projects at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, 99 Basic Training Academy recruits from law enforcement agencies across the state have come together to give back in a unique way to the communities they soon will serve.

For the first time in DOCJT history, nearly 100 recruits volunteered to donate blood during a two-day drive at DOCJT’s Richmond campus.

DOCJT has partnered together with the Kentucky Blood Center for years to assist with the continuing need for blood donations in the commonwealth. However, this program previously only included DOCJT staff members.

The July 4th holiday was identified as a time when KBC typically experiences a shortage of blood donations, and DOCJT recruits have stepped in to help fill the need.

Community service projects are a tradition in training for recruits in DOCJT’s Basic Training Academy. But typically, these projects are limited to individual classes. The blood drive volunteers span all five of the academy classes currently in training at DOCJT.

The Department of Criminal Justice Training 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 accreditation 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.

From DOCJT Communications

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