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Officers Recognized

Several Eastern Kentucky Police Officers are Recognized.

RICHMOND - Law enforcement officers from 16 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 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.

Today's graduating class is the 23rd to complete APS since the program began in 2003.

Commissioner Greg Howard of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement was the guest speaker at the ceremony.

Howard gave the graduates leadership advice, sharing with them the 10 actions that he said had worked for him in leadership positions. His suggestions included:

- Know what is going on in the lives of the people you supervise and show interest, such as calling or visiting them when they have a baby or are sick. This behavior motivates people, and a leader's job is to motivate people.

- Don't have a personal agenda, meaning don't seek credit for accomplishments at your agency. Be humble about your work. Remember that the people you supervise are doing a lot of that work.

- Live a life of integrity. Put your priorities in this order: faith, family, friends, work, giving work your all when you are there. If the first three priorities are in order, work and other items will fall into place.

- Seek career development/education. They won't necessarily make you a better officer, but they will broaden your horizons and give you opportunities.

- Be a spark for the people you supervise, inspiring them with your happiness.

- Dedicate yourself to being healthy. This not only involves working out, but also what you eat, read and how you decompress. It's impossible for officers to properly do their jobs if they are out of shape.

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 XXIII graduates and their agencies are:

Sgt. Jonathan G. Blevins, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement

Lt. Stuart A. Bryant, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sgt. William Todd Davis, Danville Police Department

Sgt. Perry Dewayne Decker, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement

Cpt. Jack H. Duff, Hazard Police Department

* Sgt. Robert Charles Holmes, Murray State University Police Department

Sgt. Chip Howell, Louisville Metro Police Department

Sgt. Darrel L. Kilburn, London Police Department

Sgt. David A. Maiden, Corbin Police Department

Sgt. Joseph B. Mills, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sgt. John W. Nissen, Graymoor-Devondale Police Department

Lt. Gregory K. Noel, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Cpl. Morgan D. Palmiter, Daviess County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. William W. Poe, Madisonville Police Department

Sgt. Roy Barton Ponder, Radcliff Police Department

Investigator John Ray Roberts, Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control

James J. Rogers, Richmond Police Department

Kevin R. Sumner, Covington Police Department

David A. Underhill, Daviess County Sheriff's Office

DeRone T. Weathers, Versailles Police Department

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