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Morehead’s Kenneth Lewis, right, earned the rare and prestigious coordinator’s award during his training at the DOCJT Public Safety Dispatch Academy this year. He is currently employed in Elliott County and is pictured with their 911 director, Robin Thornsberry.

Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers graduated two weeks ago from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

One of those is Rowan County’s Kenneth Lewis, currently working as a dispatcher at Elliott County 911, who received a hard-earned, rare award, in the “coordinator’s award.”

“This is a very rare, prestigious award, that is only given out when someone really deserves it,” said Robin Thornsberry, director of Elliott County 911. “Many years go by without this recognition. Those at the training said Lewis was always in high spirits, worked hard, and over achieved in nearly every aspect of the training.”

The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 127th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.

The students graduating from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy represent the successful completion of a highly structured and comprehensive curriculum. The five weeks of training consisted of 205 hours of academy instruction to satisfy mandated training requirements.

Major training areas included identifying the role and responsibilities of the dispatcher, correct phone and radio procedures, handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service, emergency medical dispatch protocols and use of the state and national criminal databases.

Dispatch basic training is mandatory for any sworn or civilian employee who will dispatch law enforcement officers by radio at a Criminal Justice Information Systems agency. DOCJT also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky public safety dispatchers and law enforcement officers.

“We are proud of Kenneth for not only receiving this award, but his continual service to the Elliott County community,” Thornsberry said. “He’s a great dispatcher and I believe this award is a stepping stone to a long, successful career in public service and dispatch.”

DOCJT is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The agency is the first in the nation to be accredited under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ public safety training program designation. DOCJT also earned accreditation through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training in 2013.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.comn or by telephone at 784-4116.

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