Sept. 1, 1966

  • Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond received a grant from the Office of Law Enforcement Assistance, United States Department of Justice, to research training needs, establish a training program at the school and determine whether law enforcement officers would welcome training in Kentucky. Out of the grant the agency now known as DOCJT was born.


  • In July, a management level course was conducted. This was the first official DOCJT training class.

  • The Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill that established the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) as a state agency, but kept training on a voluntary basis.


  • In July, the first law enforcement basic training class graduated a three-week course.


  • Law enforcement basic training increases from three weeks to six weeks.


  • In July, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund (KLEFPF) was established. This fund provided a pay incentive to municipal and county peace officers whose agencies adopted the established KLEFPF standards to include sending all full-time officers for training. Sheriffs, their deputies and all other law enforcement agencies not specifically named in the statute were excluded from the KLEFPF. However, training was made available to them.


  • Gov. Wendell Ford issued an executive order, which reorganized state government and established the Kentucky Department of Justice. The Department of Justice was comprised of three bureaus: Bureau of State Police, Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Training (presently the Department of Criminal Justice Training).


  • Three field offices for in-service training were established. The field offices made training more accessible for law enforcement agencies in western and northern Kentucky. The northern Kentucky office was located in Highland Heights at Northern Kentucky University. The Louisville office was located on the Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville. The western Kentucky office was located in Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University.


  • The Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation mandating the training of coroners. The legislation designated DOCJT to conduct coroner training. The training had two elements: basic training and in-service.


  • The Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy Class No. 100 graduated.


  • In December 1984, the Department of Training created a Breath Test Training Section to assume all breath test training of law enforcement officers.


  • In March, by Executive Order, the Department of Training became the Department of Criminal Justice Training.


  • The first comprehensive Job Task Analysis for patrol level officers in Kentucky was completed and a proposed 14-week basic training curriculum was presented to legislators. However, the new curriculum was rejected by the 1986 General Assembly. The data obtained from the Job Task Analysis was utilized to create a new 10-week curriculum.

  • The Communications Training Section was created to meet the legislative mandate for training police communications personnel.


  • The first 10-week sheriff’s basic training course for sheriff’s and deputies was conducted. The training was in basic police skills with emphasis on the special duties of the office of Kentucky sheriff.


  • The Kentucky sheriffs suggested the basic training curriculum be the same as required of other law enforcement officers. Sheriffs and their deputies presently attend the same training as all other law enforcement officers.


  • On Aug. 24, 1990, Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy Class No. 200 graduated.

  • The Kentucky General Assembly approved a plan for the addition (Funderburk Building) of the law enforcement complex for exclusive use as a facility of training.


  • In February, construction of the Funderburk Building began.


  • Construction of was completed and DOCJT staff moved into the Funderburk Building on Sept. 1, 1993. During this same time, a new firing range and driving range, the McKinney Skills Complex, was built within walking distance of the Funderburk Building.


  • DOCJT was designated by Gov. Paul Patton to be the lead agency for the Kentucky Police Corps Program. The Police Corps was a national effort to motivate highly-qualified young people to serve our cities and counties for four years as police officers on community patrol. Kentucky’s focus was on the rural and small police agencies. Scholarship recipients receive up to $30,000 in college scholarships, as well as full salary and benefits during their four years of service. Nine students were selected in 1998 to receive the four-year scholarships.

  • A completed occupational analysis of the job tasks performed by both non-ranking officers and telecommunications personnel was completed and utilized for the new basic training curriculum and physical training standards.


  • Architectural plans were developed for an adjacent residence hall of 200 beds, gymnasium, armory, 42 offices, and seven classrooms in a 138,000 square foot complex.

  • The Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) Course, an eight-week program designed specifically for small to medium size agency administrators and managers, was offered.

  • In March, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accredited DOCJT at its conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • In July, KLEFPF was restructured to include sheriff offices and university police departments.

  • In October, physical training standards were established for the Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) and basic training.

  • On Dec. 1, 1998, the Peace Officer Professional Standards, through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, as a result of Gov. Patton’s 1998 Crime Bill, went into effect.


  • The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial is dedicated. The first memorial ceremony is held in May.

  • Law enforcement basic training course is increased to 16 weeks.

  • Public Safety Dispatch Academy Class No. 1 graduated.


  • Ground breaking of Schwendeman academic building, Weber and Thompson buildings is held.


  • Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy Class No. 300 graduated.

  • The first Kentucky Law Enforcement News magazine (now known as Kentucky Law Enforcement magazine) is launched. The magazine serves as an informational tool for Kentucky Law Enforcement.


  • DOCJT is reorganized to include a deputy commissioner, three divisions and increased branches and sections.

  • Phase one of new building projects is completed, which began the construction of the Weber (gym) and Stone buildings.


  • The Career Development Program is launched. The CDP helps narrow an officer’s or dispatcher’s career goals via established career path curriculum.

  • Academy of Police Supervision graduates first class. APS is a program designed for newly appointed sergeants or officers who on their agency’s list to become sergeants.

  • DOCJT receives first Public Safety Training Academy accreditation by CALEA.

  • Public Safety Dispatch Basic Academy begins.


  • Kentucky Law Enforcement Consortium.

  • Distance Learning Program was created and first online courses began.


  • DOCJT is reaccredited as CALEA Public Safety Training Academy and designated as a flagship agency for being the first training agency in the nation to be accredited under the new Public Safety Training Academy accreditation standards.

  • Drug recognition and evaluation program begins.

  • Three training operations branches added: skills, leadership and telecommunications.

  • DOCJT offers Homeland Security courses to meet nationwide requirements.


  • Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial expands and relocates to its current campus location.

  • Kentucky Criminalistics Academy begins. KCA is a 400-hour forensics program divided into two 5-week blocks.

  • The Future of Kentucky Law Enforcement – the Next 10 Years symposium is held.

  • Instructional Design section is created.


  • Weber and Stone buildings are dedicated.

  • Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy increases to 768 hours and 18 weeks.

  • The Court Security Officers training program begins.


  • Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy Class No. 400 graduated.

  • DOCJT awarded reaccreditation by CALEA.

  • DOCJT’s Facebook page was launched.


  • DOCJT and Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs collaborate to train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and police side-by-side.


  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers become eligible for KLEFPF pay incentive.


  • DOCJT receives its fourth CALEA reaccreditation.


  • The online registration system, Training and Registration Information System (TRISS) launches.

  • DOCJT receives International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) accreditation.


  • Public Safety Dispatch Academy Class No. 100 graduated.

  • Statewide Job Task Analysis completed for non-supervising law enforcement officers


  • The Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 63, the mandatory Sexual Assault training program


  • The first Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS) class is taught. The three-day seminar modeled after highly-successful programs developed by the FBI and South Carolina officials assist law enforcement officers and public safety dispatchers who have experienced a critical incident.


  • The Kentucky General Assembly passed Kentucky Post Critical Incident Seminar bill.

  • DOCJT adopts a 20-week law enforcement basic training program.

  • Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) celebrates 20 years.

  • KRS 15.518 Law Enforcement Professional Development and Wellness Program begins. DOCJT was tasked with developing a Law Enforcement Professional Development and Wellness Program using seminar-based peer support and counseling services designed to reduce negative mental and behavioral health outcome.


  • Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy Class No. 500 graduated.

  • Senate Bill 1, which establishes a state school safety marshal and requires every school to have a school resource officer assigned, is passed by the General Assembly. DOCJT has been tasked to train SROs the facilitate the assessment tool among school districts.

  • The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Fund celebrates 20 years.

  • The Department of Criminal Justice Training partnered with Bluegrass Community Technical College to offer associate’s degrees to officers who complete basic training. Recruits earn 45 credit hours from their basic training curriculum and have the option of taking an additional 15 credit hours online during their basic training for the degree. The associate’s degree program will be free of charge to recruits.