The Russellville Police Department released its 2015 annual report and 2016 Strategic Plan. Police Chief Victor Shifflett presented both at the Tuesday, Feb. 16th city council meeting.
Shifflett began with reading a message to the citizens of the city.
“I present to you the Russellville Police Department’s Annual Report. The past 12 months many things have gone on in our country that has put the “spotlight” on police and a lot of it has been negative. Fortunately for us in Russellville we have avoided the negativity and have continued to be supported by our community, and as the chief of police I want to personally thank each and every one of you for the support. And as a way to show my appreciation, I want us, as a department, to continue to protect and serve you in the most courteous and professional manner possible,” said the chief.
“This annual report and the strategic plan that follows provides you with a look at some of the activities in our department and outlines the vision for the Russellville Police Department. I want to also take this opportunity to thank the men and women of the Russellville Police Department. Their dedication and sacrifices to the profession, the city of Russellville and its citizens. They do not go unrecognized and not enough can be said for them and the effort they put in daily, Thank you!”
The Russellville Police Department responds to any and all calls for assistance ranging from providing directions or answering legal questions to responding to and investigating serious felonies. The department is eager to assist all of the residents, visitors, groups, and organizations with a variety of services and programs including crime prevention, security checks, discussions, classes on personal safety and awareness, safe firearms handling, Citizen’s Police Academy, Teen Police Academy and many others. The department encourages the citizens to feel comfortable in interacting with the officers and employees of the Russellville Police Department.
Within the report, the 2015 Activity was listed, which is how many calls the department responded to. They are broken down as follows:
Service Requests 15,514
Alarm Responses 483
Drug/Equip. Arrest Charges 144
Attempt to Serve Warrant/Summons 209
Contacts/Courtesy Notices 1469
Business Checks 289
Juvenile Charges 25
Citizens Assists 980
Misdemeanor/Felony Arrest 739
Escort Traffic/Security 151
Traffic Citation 753
Motorist Assists 283
Traffic Collisions 363
Routine Patrols 3297
Vehicle Lockouts 560 Welfare Checks 230
Officers of the Russellville Police Department receive their basic training at the police academy located in Richmond Kentucky on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. After graduating from the police academy, known as the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), officers are then certified to perform their police duties. However, the Russellville Police Department, like many other law enforcement agencies, requires newly hired officers to complete a field training program, which is 13 weeks long for individuals who have graduated from the academy with no current street experience. The field training program puts the new officer with another more experienced and seasoned officer for training purposes. (Currently, the police academy is 23 weeks and 920 hours long, from start to finish, for a new recruit.)
After completing basic training, police officers are required to attend in-service classes each year in order to maintain their certification. The Department of Criminal Justice Training offers several different types of in-service classes. Through those same classes, officers receive basic and advanced training in narcotics investigations, death scene investigations (such as homicide, suicide, and natural death), firearms usage and instruction, vehicle collision investigations, supervisory education and much, much more.
The Department of Criminal Justice Training assists officers all over the state of Kentucky with police training and education that match each officer’s needs and experience level in their respective law enforcement field in order to aid them in the professional and thorough performance of their job.
In 2015 the Russellville Police Department announced the graduation of four officers from the academy. Officers Casey Steenbergen, Bill Moore, Adam Brown and Shane Montgomery (no longer with the department) graduated from the police academy in 2015. All four of them completed their field training in 2015 as well and are now on their own serving the citizens of Russellville.
Officers of the Russellville Police Department qualify throughout the year with their assigned weapons. Training courses stress the importance of the basic fundamentals of marksmanship, safe weapons handling, cover and concealment and decision making under stressful conditions.
The Department is fortunate to be able to train on the Kentucky League of Cities’ firearms training simulator or I.E.S. The I.E.S. machine is an impressive, interactive state of the art machine that simulates real life situations in a controlled environment that help develop an officer’s marksmanship training and decision making. The Russellville Police Department hosted the I.E.S. Training courses for the surrounding area agencies that are also members of the Kentucky League of Cities.
In addition to the I.E.S system, in 2016 the Russellville Police Department will start utilizing a “Live Fire House” located at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville. Sergeant Michael Reeser and Master Police Officer Jeff Sanford completed an instructors training course in 2015 that will allow them to train Russellville officers in that facility.
The Russellville Police Department’s 2016 Strategic Plan will be published in the Tuesday, Feb. 23 edition of the News-Democrat & Leader.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.