Police Training

Additional Training

Basic Training

Incoming recruits attend the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Basic Police Academy upon being hired. This program is run through the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, KY.  This training provides a solid, common basis on which recruits can begin to build their careers as peace officers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Recruits receive 800+ hours of training which covers a wide array of topics: legal, search and seizure, ethics, domestic violence, emergency driving, firearms, defensive tactics, etc.

Our most recent basic academy graduate is Officer Will Martin. He graduated as the class leader of Class #507 in January 2020 and represented the Fort Thomas Police Department well during his time there. Martin is pictured below with several other members of FTPD, at his graduation.

Academy Graduation – (L to R) Ofc. Nick Hoffman, Lt. Adam Noe, Lt. Brent Moening, Ofc.

Will Martin, Lt. Nathan Day, Sgt. Michael Dietz, Det. Wayne Dutle

Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision

The Department of Criminal Justice Training, at Eastern Kentucky University, developed a supervision course for law enforcement first line supervisors, the Sergeants. This is a 120-hour course that focuses on providing newly appointed police supervisors with the skills necessary to perform well in their new assignment. The class has a primary focus on contemporary leadership techniques. In addition to
leadership skills, attendees also received training in public speaking, written communication, ethics, critical incidents, and conflict resolution. This unique class combines in-class instruction with practical exercises and group activities. Our most recent graduate is Sgt. Matthew Marksbury, who graduated as a member of APS Class #92. Other former graduates from our department include Chief Casey Kilgore, Lt. Brent Moening, Lt. Nathan Day, Sgt. Derek Faught, and Sgt. Michael Dietz.

APS Class #92 – with Sgt. Matthew Marksbury (Front Row, 5th from the right)


CJED Criminal Justice Executive DevelopmentDepartment of Criminal Justice Training’s Criminal Justice Executive Development

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet, Department of Criminal Justice Training developed a program for today’s law enforcement executives and executives-to-be, to become better trained and prepared for tomorrows ever-changing face of modern policing. The Criminal Justice Executive Development program (CJED) is a course of study in Advanced Leadership and Management Principles, 5 weeks in length. Sgts. William Hunt and Adam Noe are currently attending CJED and our most recent graduate is Lt. Brent Moening (as a member of CJED Class #20). Former graduates include Chief Casey Kilgore, Lt. Rich Whitford, and Lt. Chris Carpenter.

CJED Class #20 – with Lt. Brent Moening (5th from the right)

The FBI National Academy has long been a vital element in the continuing improvement of law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation throughout the world. The National Academy experience provides a wide range of leadership and specialized training, as well as an opportunity for professional law enforcement officers to share ideas, techniques, and experiences.

It is with the above concept that the National Academy Program was founded on July 29, 1935, with 23 students in attendance. Since that early beginning, the National Academy Program has graduated 36,519 qualified students to include the graduation of the 213th Session on June 13, 2003. The program has enjoyed a worldwide reputation graduating 2,326 international officers representing 146 countries.

With the opening of the FBI Academy in the summer of 1972, National Academy classes were provided on a quarterly basis consisting of 11 weeks of training for upper- and mid-level law enforcement officers. The curriculum focuses on leadership and management training and consists of courses relating to Leadership Development Unit, Behavioral Science, Law, Communication, Forensic Science and Health/Fitness.

Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 15,000 law enforcement professionals who have played a significant role in developing a higher level of competency, cooperation, and integrity within the law enforcement community.

Chief Casey Kilgore and Lieutenant Rich Whitford are both graduates of the FBI National Academy. Unlike other upper level executive programs in the country the FBI National Academy is the only one in which attendance is by invitation only. These are truly outstanding men and women from around the world.

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