CORBIN — Neighbors, Sept. 4, 2010
Special to The Times-Tribune
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Sgt. Tom Land, who is assigned to Whitley County, was among law enforcement officers from 16 agencies across the commonwealth to be recognized at a graduation ceremony 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.
Friday’s graduating class is the 39th to complete APS since the program began in 2003.
Henderson Police Department Chief John C. Reed Jr. served as guest speaker.
Kentucky State Police Sgt. Harvey E. Baxter served as class speaker. Baxter is the first KSP trooper to complete the APS course.
APS is a stepping stone to the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Kentucky Leadership Institute, which is consists of a series of three progressive leadership courses aimed at developing and shaping future and current leaders in law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth.
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 39 graduates and their agencies are:
Investigator Marie Allen, Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control; Sgt. Harvey E. Baxter, Kentucky State Police; Sgt. Douglas Coleman, Louisville Metro Police Department; Sgt. Mick Craig, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; Sgt. Willet Crane, University of Louisville Police Department; Corporal James Elliott, Henderson Police Department; Sgt. David Fiechter, Jeffersontown Police Department; Sgt. Gary R. Frodge, Alexandria Police Department; Sgt. Bruce W. Gentry, Shelbyville Police Department; Sgt. Steven Gibson, Henderson Police Department; Sgt. Ricky D. Grigson, Falmouth Police Department; Sgt. Samuel E. Hodge, Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority; Sgt. Joshua Judah, Louisville Metro Police Department; Sgt. Tom Land, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; Officer Brian Machal, Paris Police Department; Corporal Benjamin Rugg, Nicholasville Police Department; Sgt. Scott Sexton, Ashland Police Department; Sgt. Gregory A. Spaulding, Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority; Corporal Craig M. Sutter, Western Kentucky University Police Department; Sgt. Bryan D. Whittaker, Hillview Police Department