State graduates 21 dispatchers from Public Safety Dispatch Academy

Kentucky Press News Service

RICHMOND – Twenty-one law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 110th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.

The five weeks of training consisted of 205 hours of academy instruction to satisfy mandated training requirements. Major training areas included identifying the role and responsibilities of the dispatcher, correct phone and radio procedures, handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service, emergency medical dispatch protocols and use of the state and national criminal databases, a state news release said.

Dispatch basic training is mandatory for any sworn or civilian employee who will dispatch law enforcement officers by radio at a Criminal Justice Information Systems agency.

DOCJT also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky public safety dispatchers and law enforcement officers.

DOCJT 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.

Class 110 graduates and their agencies are:

Benjamin C. Allen, Owensboro Police Department
Tamara L. Brown, Versailles Police Department
Savannah Nichole Caldwell, Harrodsburg Police Department
John Edward Chaney, II, Pike County Sheriff’s Office
Lauren A. Cole, Eastern Kentucky University Police Department
Jordan Leah Crump, Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Communications Center
Nicole Davidson, Jessamine County E-911
Mirian Davis, University of Kentucky Police Department
Jenny M. Dunn, Pendleton County E-911
Gabrielle Hagan, Monroe County E-911
Shakyla N. Hall, Madison County E-911
Steve Helphenstine, Maysville Police Department
John R. Hoober, Kenton County Emergency Communications Center
Kaylan B. Jones, McLean County Dispatch
Raven Malone, Carlisle Police Department
Sean C. O’Donley, Hardin County 911
Sarah Elizabeth Perry, Springfield Police Department
Megan M. Riley, Madison County E-911
Cody A. Shelton, Maysville Police Department
Rebecca Ann Slaughter, Muhlenberg County 911 Dispatch
Jolesa Annette Travis, Paducah/McCracken County 911