New Measures Announced to Increase Training and Safety for Kentucky Law Enforcement

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WYMT) – As part of the new state budget bill, Governor Andy Beshear announced new steps his administration is taking to help ensure the safety and best training of law enforcement officers. order.

On Friday, officials announced that work on a new $28 million multi-purpose training facility would soon begin at the Department of Criminal Justice’s Richmond training site on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

The facility will include a 50-yard, 30-lane firing range designed for officers to learn and practice de-escalation and interpersonal communication techniques. It will also allow them to have real-world training for several other scenarios like critical decision making under stress, formulating a different response to potential deadly force encounters, and utilizing team tactics with less lethal responses. . Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2023.

Another funding initiative includes $2.5 million for a feasibility study for an additional training site for law enforcement officers in western Kentucky. EOP Architects is working on it and will present it to state authorities in September.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the safety of the Kentucky law enforcement community,” Governor Beshear said in a press release. “That’s why we are further enhancing the training capabilities of Commonwealth law enforcement through the recently passed state budget, enabling our officers to better protect our communities and themselves.”

Finally, the budget provides more than $3.7 million to increase the annual training allowance for law enforcement officers to $4,300.

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