Law enforcement officers from 14 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.
Today's graduating class was the 22nd to complete APS since the program began in 2003.
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 program includes reading and writing assignments and scenario-based exercises designed to enhance the students' ability to perform at the supervisor level in their agencies. APS is hands-on, with as much skill demonstration as classroom work.
APS 22 selected Sgt. William Gilbert of the Paducah Police Department as its class representative to speak at the graduation ceremony.
Gilbert said that he had anticipated being taught technical skills related to leadership in the APS course, but soon realized that that wasn't the program's focus.
"Supervision and leadership is all about people - the people who supervise us, the people we supervise and the people in the community we serve," he said.
Col. Robert Milligan, law enforcement director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, was the guest speaker at the ceremony.
"As leaders, one of your most important duties is driving change," Milligan told the officers.
Leadership involves "calculated, intelligent risk taking," as well as the ability to challenge beliefs and traditions, he said.
Law enforcement leaders need to have vision - to be able to think beyond the present to set the direction for the future at their agencies, Milligan said.
APS is a stepping stone to the Department of Criminal Justice Training's Criminal Justice Executive Development program, which is a five-week advanced leadership course offered once a year for supervisors at Kentucky's small and medium-size law enforcement agencies. Potential CJED students must rank sergeant or above and be selected by a committee to take part in the course.
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 XXII graduates and their agencies are:
Officer Charles R. Brian, University of Louisville Police Department
Sgt. Rafael J. Casas, Western Kentucky University Police Department
Sgt. Robert G. Chapman, Louisville Metro Police Department
Sgt. James K. East, Hazard Police Department
Sgt. Robert L. Estill Jr., Danville Police Department
* Sgt. William Gilbert, Paducah Police Department
Cpt. Kerry Hatchett, Western Kentucky University Police Department
Sgt. John C. King, Fayette County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Gregory W. Lettie, Louisville Metro Police Department
Lt. Donald G. Lunsford, Georgetown Police Department
Sgt. Donald W. Mather II, Georgetown Police Department
Sgt. Justin D. Moldero, University of Louisville Police Department
Lt. Brian D. Mullins, Eastern Kentucky University Police Department
Sgt. Jeremy P. Reed, Boone County Sheriff's Office
Lt. Myron L. Thomas, Paris Police Department
Cpl. Shannon R. Troutman, Henderson Police Department
Officer Bill Unseld, University of Louisville Police Department
Sgt. Jimmie R. Wagner, Boone County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Gordon Warren Jr., Versailles Police Department
Sgt. Brett P. Zalla, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
* APS XXII selected Sgt. William Gilbert, Paducah Police Department, as its class representative to speak at graduation.