GREENUP, Ky. – Greenup E-911 dispatcher David R. Smith is among 21 law enforcement dispatchers who recently graduated from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) which took place in Richmond, Ky.
The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 105th 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, according to DOCJT.
Among the recent graduates of the DOCJT is David R. Smith, who has worked at the Greenup E-911 office of a number of years. Buford Hurley, director of the Greenup E-911, said Smith is an asset to the office.
“911 dispatchers in Kentucky are required to go to a five week telecommunications training for 911 through the Department of Criminal Justice training. They go there, and they stay there for five weeks. The training is required by law, and it makes him a certified dispatcher in Kentucky,” Hurley said. “David has been with us for several years. He started out with us part-time, and then went full-time. We have a time line of six months that you have to complete the Academy in once you are full-time,” Hurley said. He is an asset to the Greenup office, and we are glad to have him back, and to put him back into the rotation.”
Smith said the DOCJT was extremely helpful for his vocation of dispatcher.
“The training that I received was very helpful,” Smith said. “I know that the State of Kentucky has some of the best dispatcher training in the country. It was a pleasure to attend the Department of Criminal Justice Training, and I did learn a lot while I was there.”
Working at the Greenup E-911 office is something that Smith enjoys immensely.
“We have a very good dispatch center in Greenup, and great director and a lot great co-workers. I really enjoy working here,” Smith 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. Public Safety Dispatch Class No. 105 graduated three trainees of distinction. To receive the honor, students must have a GPA of 95 percent or above, no failures or retests and no disciplinary action above a verbal warning.
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. DOCJT also earned accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training in 2013 – making it the nation’s only law enforcement training academy to achieve dual accreditation by two independent accrediting organizations.
The following 21 individuals who completed training for class 105 graduates and their agencies are:
Billie Jo Clark, Lebanon Police Department
Christine A. Garcia, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office
Christopher A. Garcia, Trigg County E-911
Carissa Leigh Goodlett, Danville Police 911 Center
Shelby Jackson, Union County E-911
Mary K. Williamson, Union County E-911
Jessica Yvonne Jones, Winchester Police Department
Tristan Rogers, Winchester Police Department
Jenifer Miller, Murray State University Police Department
Jeff D. Olson, Frankfort/Franklin County E-911
Cody H. Ruzanka, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Alexandria N. Scott, Hopkinsville Police Department
David R. Smith, Greenup County E-911
Amber Spaulding, Shelby County E-911
Chris Staples, Owensboro Police Department
Karen M. Stewart, Greensburg Police Department
Wesley D. Toney, University of Kentucky Police Department
William T. Tweedy, Jr., Monticello/Wayne County 911
Canaan White, Whitley County E-911
Russell Wayne Yarbrough, Whitley County E-911
Jacob Carl Wright, Cincinnati/N.Kentucky Airport Police Department
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