RICHMOND, KY. - Kentucky is again breaking ground in the area of law enforcement training, as it becomes one of a select few states in the nation to offer a polygraph training course.
The Department of Criminal Justice Training, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and the Kentucky State Police are sponsoring the Kentucky Institute For Polygraph Studies.
"Kentucky is recognized today as being a state that is consistently on the cutting edge of law enforcement training and trends," said DOCJT Commissioner John W. Bizzack. "We work to offer as many essential courses as possible to ensure that Kentucky officers have the best training they need to in their efforts to provide the best police service to their communities. This is just another example of that commitment."
The 10-week basic polygraph training course will combine classroom instruction and practical exercises. It begins Monday, Jan. 10 and runs until March 18. Classes will be held at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond. The course is in cadency for American Polygraph Association Accreditation, and students will receive a school certificate after completing the course.
Richard Kurtz, of the Kentucky State Police, will be the lead instructor in the course. Several outside instructors will teach as well.
The course is open only to government entities. Currently there are eight students enrolled in the course, six from Kentucky, one from Ohio and one from Tennessee.