28 recruits graduate state law enforcement training program

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(UPDATE: 6:15 P.M.) RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Today 28 law enforcement officers from across Kentucky graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

The graduation ceremony was held in Richmond and is the first in person basic training academy graduation ceremony since the pandemic started.

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For 20 weeks, officers from 19 different agencies were trained in physical defensive tactics, legal work, firearm training, and more, with more than 800 hours of instruction.

Some area officers were among the Class of 515.

Deputy Dalton Hays from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Tanner Tout from Bath County Sheriff’s Office.

They say this training will help their counties immensely.

“It’s going to benefit them because we’ll be able to come do our job correctly, be able to put them down the right direction, the right path and really be able to look out for them” said Deputy Hays.

“Getting the most up to date training here at DOCJT was the best experience I could ever imagine” added Deputy Tout.

Deputy Tout also said that the hardest part of the academy was being away from his family for so long.

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear joined the Kentucky Department of Criminal

Credit – Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Communications Office

Justice Training (DOCJT) at the first in-person basic training academy graduation ceremony Thursday since the onset of the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor recognized the twenty-eight law enforcement officers from 19 agencies across the commonwealth who completed law enforcement basic training and showed support of the essential and life-saving work they will do in the communities they serve.

“As your Governor, I am honored to have each of you serving and protecting all

Credit – Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Communications Office

Kentuckians,” Gov. Beshear said to the recruits during the graduation ceremony. “Thank you, only a select few among us are called to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky in this role, and I am grateful to have each and every one of you on Team Kentucky.”

DOCJT is committed to providing officers with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to protect the diverse communities they serve. The graduates of Class 515 received 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over 20 weeks. Major training areas

Credit – Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Communications Office

include: patrol procedures, physical training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic and DUI, firearms, criminal investigations, cultural awareness, bias-related crimes and responses to crisis situations.

“Today you graduate the academy having completed your training,” said DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek. “But this is just the beginning. Your career will be full of challenges and triumphs. But each day that you put on that uniform, know that there is a community who feels safer and more secure because of your commitment to integrity and professionalism.”

DOCJT provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police throughout the state, only excluding Louisville Metro Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Bowling Green Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, which each have independent academies.

Class 515 graduates and their agencies are:
Brandon R. Anderson
Russellville Police Department

Aubrey M. Carter
Florence Police Department

Noah B. Collins
Madisonville Police Department

Ryan L. Downs
Nelson Co. Sheriff’s Office

Britton M. Elmore
Elizabethtown Police Department

Jonathan C. Hale
Harrodsburg Police Department

Joshua K. Hardin
Glasgow Police Department

Tyler J. Hatfield
Newport Police Department

James W. Hauenstein
Newport Police Department

Dalton T. Hayes
Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office

Tyler R. Jackson
Florence Police Department

Christopher T. Jewell
Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office
(Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness)

Ethan C. Jones
Elizabethtown Police Department

Larry R. Jones
Graves Co. Sheriff’s Office

Cassidy S. Martinez
Hopkinsville Police Department

Tristen W. Nantz
Madisonville Police Department

Aaron C. O’Leary
Madisonville Police Department

Peyton L. Payne
Elizabethtown Police Department

Austin J. Ray
Danville Police Department

Christopher L. Robinson
Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office
(Coordinator’s Award)

Jason D. Samples
Newport Police Department
(Firearms Proficiency Award)

Dexter G. Seward
Simpson Co. Sheriff’s Office

Branden S. Short
Mason Co. Sheriff’s Office

Quinton A. Smoot
Maysville Police Department
(Recruit of Distinction, Academic Achievement Award)

Corey A. Springfield
Madisonville Police Department

Tanner V. Tout
Bath Co. Sheriff’s Office
(Firearms Proficiency Award)

Dallas G. Wills
Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office
(Most Improved Award for Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics)

Yeng Xiong
Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office