Pulaski, Clay, Richmond officers among 25 new academy grads

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The latest class of law enforcement officer recruits from across the Commonwealth have graduated the basic training academy.

“Today, your hard work in the academy has officially paid off, and we look forward to the good work you will do once you return home to your communities,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Thank you for your commitment to creating a safer commonwealth for all Kentucky’s families.”

The 25 graduates of Class 517 had 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over 20 weeks. Much of the training focused on patrol procedures, physical training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic and DUI, firearms, criminal investigations, cultural awareness, bias related crimes and tactical responses to crisis situations.

“Choosing to follow the calling to law enforcement carries with it a commitment to honor, integrity, responsibility and professionalism,” said DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek. “Be true to yourself, your oath, your fellow officers and the citizens who are depending on you.”

Class 517 graduates and their agencies are:

Adriano J. Aguayo
University of Louisville Police Department
Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness

Coty N. Arnold
Clay County Sheriff
Most Improved PT/DT Award

Addison T. Atkin
Richmond Police Department

Joshua T. Baechle
University of Louisville Police Department

Rafael E. Ballenilla
Owensboro Police Department
Coordinator’s Award

Dennis E. Brown
Guthrie Police Department

Jonathan E. Cain
Owensboro Police Department
Academic Award, Recruit of Distinction

David B. Campbell
Pulaski County Sheriff

Jacob T. Chesher
Owensboro Police Department

Seth M. Crane
Mayfield Police Department

Davonte A. Crook
University of Louisville Police Department

Eli A. Douglas
Henderson Police Department

Rebecca A. Foster
Richmond Police Department

Kelsey A. Grigsby
Owensboro Police Department

Jedidiah L. Hetrick
Richmond Police Department

Tracy S. Higdon
University of Louisville Police Department

Timothy D. Kendall
Owensboro Police Department

Zachary F. Kimbler
McCracken County Sheriff

Kate E. Knight
Richmond Police Department

William Lafferty
Martin County Sheriff

Steven A. Lang
McCracken County Sheriff

Bryan Napier
Loyall Police Department

Jose L. Roman, Jr.
Mayfield Police Department

Jindriska Skees
Richmond Police Department
Firearms Proficiency Award

Shannon R. Valle
Richmond Police Department

The Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) gives 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.

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