RICHMOND, Ky. – Law enforcement officers from 18 agencies across the commonwealth were recognized at a graduation ceremony today for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision.
APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 120-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants.
While in APS, students participate in classes focusing on the role of a supervisor, as well as leadership, resolving conflict, managing diversity, monitoring officer performance, professional image, legal issues for supervisors, ethics, interpersonal communication, effective written communication, making decisions, solving problems, managing critical incidents, public speaking, emotional survival, budgeting, media relations and others.
The graduating class is the 45th to complete APS since the program began in 2003.
Elizabethtown Police Chief Tracy Schiller served as guest speaker.
Madisonville Police Sgt. J. Scott Gipson served as class speaker.
APS is a stepping stone to the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Kentucky Leadership Institute, which consists of a series of three progressive leadership courses aimed at developing and shaping future and current leaders in law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth.
The Department of Criminal Justice Training is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The agency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and was the first accredited public safety-training program in the nation. In 2006, the academy also became the first law enforcement-training academy in the nation to be designated as a CALEA flagship agency.
APS 45graduates and their agencies are: Chris Matano, Danville Police Department Thomas S. Bingham, Radcliff Police Department David D. Clark, Mayfield Police Department Brian D. Colebank, Jeffersontown Police Department Ryan L. Clark, Madisonville Police Department Brandon Cook, Leitchfield Police Department Phillip A. Crane, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Greg D. Lowry, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department Darrell Lee, Covington Police Department J. Scott Gipson, Madisonville Police Department Tracy L. Witt, Oldham County Police Department Douglas W. Thomas, London Police Department William F. Zerhusen, Fort Mitchell Police Department Stephen Sanderson, Benton Police Department George Travis Steele, Grayson Police Department Kelly K. Slone, Elizabethtown Police Department Nathan T. Rettig, Florence Police Department Jason Moore, Corbin Police Department Edwin S. Mattingly, Nelson Co. Sheriff’s Office