FRANKFORT, KY (3/10/12) – Law enforcement executives from 17 agencies across Kentucky graduated today from the Criminal Justice Executive Development program, an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at the state’s small- and medium-size agencies.
Guest speaker Van Ingram, executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, told the graduates that having good policies and procedures was not enough to run a good department, but agencies and communities also need strong leaders.
“Leadership is not something you put on in the morning with the uniform and take off at the end of the day,” said Ingram, who is also a former police chief and graduate of the first CJED class. “Leadership should pervade your entire life as a part of who you are.”
The 20 graduates comprised the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s 14th CJED class. Covington Police Department Lt. James Donaldson was the class leader.
CJED is a five-week program that focuses on identifying, analyzing and solving problems as well as leadership, personnel administration, operations, fiscal management, executive and environmental relationships.
The purpose of the course is to provide students with the academic background, leadership skills and management techniques required for the future. Each session enhances leadership abilities and encourages the development of visionary thinkers.
To take part in CJED, potential students must be supervisors who rank sergeant or above. They must apply for entrance into the program and be selected by a committee of CJED graduates from across the commonwealth.
Students attend CJED courses for one week each month for five months.
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.
CJED 14 graduates and their agencies are:
– Lt. Richard Adkins, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
– Lt. William (Billy) Bare, Ashland Police Department
– Lt. Chris Brown, Owensboro Police Department
– Sgt. Chad Carpenter, Elsmere Police Department
– Lt. Chris Castlen, Owensboro Police Department
– Lt. Robbie Corns, Maysville Police Department
– Lt. James Donaldson, Covington Police Department
– Sgt. Catherine (Cathy) Eaves, Richmond Police Department
– Sgt. Michael Felts, Hopkinsville Police Department
– Lt. Jason Hays, Berea Police Department
– Capt. Donald Hodgson, Paducah Police Department
– Sgt. Josh Hughes, Bowling Green Police Department
– Sgt. Brian Laird, Paducah Police Department
– Capt. Tom Matlock, University of Kentucky Police Department
– Sgt. J. Kevin Mathews, Alexandria Police Department
– Sgt. Tom Nitschke, Campbell County Police Department
– Capt. Terrill Sharber, Bowling Green Police Department
– Lt. Charles (Chip) Stauffer, Henderson Police Department
– Lt. Charlie Young, Madisonville Police Department
– Lt. Michelle Young, Lexington Division of Police
Information provided by Abbie Darst
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