Monday, February 4, 2019

Highlands Alum, Covington Officer Graduates from Basic Training


Twenty-six law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated last week from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Nine of those officers are from Northern Kentucky departments and one is a Highlands High School graduate. 

Alex Birkley, a Fort Thomas native, along with the other graduates, completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. She will join the Covington Police Department.

Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid and CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and the mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.


Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers 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, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police and others.

The agency also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky law enforcement officers and public safety dispatch training.

The Department of Criminal Justice Training 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 – making it the nation’s only law enforcement training academy to achieve dual accreditation by two independent accrediting organizations.

Other Northern Kentucky graduates include:


Monica T. Dietz, Boone County Sheriff's Office
Marcus W. Harlow, Boone County Sheriff's Office (Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness recipient)
Alexander M. Klei, Alexandria Police Department
Ryan M. Mcgill, Boone County Sheriff's Office
Brett A. Miller, Boone County Sheriff's Office  
Jordan H. Nicoll, Alexandria Police Department
Nicholas T. Paddon, Kenton County Police Department
Joseph E. Savelli, Boone County Sheriff's Office (Academic Achievement Award recipient, Recruit of Distinction)

Photo: Jacquelyn, Linda, Alex and Chris Birkley. 

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