RICHMOND, Ky. – Law enforcement officers from 17 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 46th to complete APS since the program began in 2003.
Henderson Police Department Maj. David Y. Pillar served as guest speaker.
Owensboro Police Sgt. Bradley R. Youngman 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 46graduates and their agencies are: Sgt. Terry Black, Louisville Metro Police Department Sgt. Patrick Brannen, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (5th District) Sgt. Quent Cardwell, Lebanon Police Department Chief Deputy John E. Cottrell, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chad M. Cunningham, Louisville Metro Police Department Lt. Dennis L. Foley, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gregory A. Gibson, Georgetown Police Department Sgt. Joseph G. Gonzales, Radcliff Police Department Sgt. Daniel Grigsby, Danville Police Department Sgt. David Marques, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (6th District) Sgt. Randy T. Medlock, London Police Department Sgt. Tim A. Morris, Mount Washington Police Department Lt. Erick A. Pacheco, Hopkinsville Police Department Sgt. Jason Poole, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jermaine Poynter, Henderson Police Department Sgt. Joshua C. Richardson, Elizabethtown Police Department Cpl. Russell M. Stoner, Henderson Police Department Sgt. Chris Watkins, Mayfield Police Department Sgt. Russell A. Wood, Independence Police Department Sgt. Bradley R. Youngman, Owensboro Police Department