Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
CJED PROGRAM GRADUATES 20 LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES
RICHMOND, Ky. – Law enforcement leaders from 19 agencies across Kentucky graduated today from the Criminal Justice Executive Development Program, an advanced leadership course for supervisors at the state’s small- and medium-size agencies.
The class’s 20 graduates include two chiefs and one assistant chief, as well as other high-ranking law enforcement executives.
The program’s goal is to provide supervisors with modern theories, management techniques and leadership skills that will enable them to perform more effectively and efficiently in their departments and ready them for future command positions.
CJED is a five-week program. Students attend courses one week each month for five months. To participate in the program, attendees must be supervisors who rank sergeant or above, apply for entrance into the program and be selected by a committee of CJED graduates from across the state.
The program focuses on leadership, identifying, analyzing and solving problems, as well as personnel administration, operations and fiscal management, and executive and environmental relationships.
During the graduation ceremony this morning, Maxwell Clay Bailey, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, discussed the importance of leadership training.
“You have to pay attention to leadership development,” he said. “Leadership must be learned. People are not born leaders.”
Bailey, a 32-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force, told the class that becoming a visionary is the best way to lead people.
“I believe you have to have a vision to give consistent leadership to the individuals you’re charged to lead,” Bailey said. “Vision is a lot different than goals and objectives – vision has to be a concrete thing that guides your unit on an everyday basis.”
Hopkinsville Police Department Sgt. John Thompson, class speaker for the ceremony, talked about how the information the class learned in their five weeks in the CJED program would prove useful throughout their careers.
“We’re raising our standards to ensure that our communities receive the best services possible,” he said.
Thompson also received the Commissioner’s Award for Academic Excellence with a grade point average of 95.0 percent on all class assignments, which was the highest average in the class.
CJED VII graduates and their agencies are:
Chief Shane Allison, Eddyville Police Department
Sgt. Penny Bowles, Bowling Green Police Department
Chief Danny Caudill, Harlan Police Department
Lt. B. J. Champagne, Campbell County Police Department
Capt. Michael Dowell, Western Kentucky University Police Department
Capt. Leland T. Estepp, Bellevue Police Department
Lt. James M. Gadzala, Fort Thomas Police Department
Lt. Brian Howard, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Lt. Greg Jenkins, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Sgt. Troy Pitcock, Louisville Metro Police Department
Lt. Robert Richardson, Frankfort Police Department
Capt. J. P. Roberts, Paducah Police Department
Sgt. George Schreiner, Alexandria Police Department
Lt. Mareka Scott, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department
Sgt. David A. Sexton, Morehead Police Department
Lt. Chris Taylor, Madisonville Police Department
Sgt. James L. Thomas, Harrodsburg Police Department
Sgt. John W. Thompson, Hopkinsville Police Department
Lt. Ronnie L. Wagoner, Georgetown Police Department
Lt. Col. James Wilson, Richmond Police Department