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Cris Ritchie

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HAZARD – Two more members of the Hazard Police Department recently completed training at the criminal justice academy in Richmond.

Sgt. Adam Baker completed courses for the three-week Academy of Police Supervision on May 24, becoming the eighth member of the HPD to complete the course since its inception in 2003. On the same day, Ronnie Burke completed the five-week basic training for public safety dispatchers.

The police supervision course includes more than 122 hours of instruction covering a variety of topics such as situational leadership, team building, and ethics, among others.

With Baker’s graduation from the academy and the recent hire of Patrolman Steve Everidge, who had already undergone the basic police officer’s training, the entire police force for the Hazard Police Department is now adequately trained, including the supervisors, noted Chief Minor Allen.

“Every one of them has the basic knowledge to do what they need to do, and all my supervisors have the experience and the school behind them that gives them the ability to think on their feet and make good decisions,” Allen said. “It gives them the basic fundamentals of leadership that they can use for any situation.”

This is the first time in some time, Allen said, that the department can boast a full roster of trained officers and supervisors.

And now with Burke’s graduation, the department lacks only one full-time and one part-time dispatcher from its entire roster of dispatchers being fully trained as well. The dispatchers’ academy includes 205 hours of instruction for entry-level dispatchers.

Also completing training this year for HPD were Sgt. David Wiseman, who completed the supervisor’s course in April, and Patrolman Cruz Thornsberry, who graduated from the 18-week basic training academy in Richmond.

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