Jason D. Bates, of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department, is one of 26 officers from 16 different agencies graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
“We’re glad to have him as an addition to the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department. The training makes him a certified police officer in the state of Kentucky,” said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb.
The officers completed 18 weeks of training, which consists of more than 750 hours of recruit level-officer academy instruction. Major training areas include homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid/CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families, and mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.
Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers who are required to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998. The Department of Criminal Justice Training provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriff’s deputies, university police, airport police and others.
The Department of Criminal Justice Training is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The agency is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.