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Kentucky State Police Promotes 20 Officers
and Graduates 21 from Sergeant's Leadership Academy

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky State Police announced the promotion of 20 officers and recognized 21 graduates from its Sergeant's Leadership Academy today at a special ceremony held at the Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Patrick N. Simpson commended the officers and graduates for their effort and dedication in serving the citizens of the commonwealth. "I congratulate each of these individuals as they take this step forward to face new responsibilities and challenges in their law enforcement careers," he said.

Lt. Col. Tim Hazlette was promoted to the rank of colonel and will serve as deputy commissioner of the agency. A native of Johnson County, Hazlette is a 24-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. Simpson noted that Hazlette's "practical experience, thoughtful judgment and perceptive insight" will have a positive impact on the agency as a whole as well as the daily operations of troopers in the field.

Capt. Michael R. Sapp, commander of Post 15-Columbia, was promoted to major. On September 16, he will assume command of the agency's drug control efforts. Lt. Russell Harney was promoted to captain, effective September 16. He transfers from KSP Post 6-Dry Ridge to Post 10-Harlan as commander. Sgt. Tony L. Edwards was promoted to lieutenant and will move from the Recruitment Branch to Post 1-Mayfield.

Sixteen troopers were promoted to sergeant and graduated from the Sergeant's Leader-ship Academy, a special course designed to provide leadership and operational skills for first-line leaders. The training includes courses in leadership behavioral analysis, leading change, expectations for leaders and subordinates, critical incident supervision and ethical and legal issues facing supervisors.

Sgt. Johnny P. Begley
Post 13, Hazard--Post 14, Ashland

Sgt. James C. Burris
Post 6, Dry Ridge no change

Sgt. Tracey L. Collins
Post 12, Frankfort no change

Sgt. Phillip T. Crumpton
Post 12, Frankfort--Driver Testing

Sgt. Kennith D. Hill
Post 15, Columbia no change

Sgt. Vic U. Hubbuch
Post 4, Elizabethtown--Post 5, Campbellsburg

Sgt. James W. Ingram
Post 7, Richmond--Internal Affairs

Sgt. Alan L. Lewis
Enforcement Sec. II no change

Sgt. Howard L. Logue, Jr.
Electronic Crimes no change

Sgt. Morris C. Longacre, Jr.
Post 13, Hazard--Post 4, Elizabethtown

Sgt. Joseph H. Milam
Governmental Affairs no change

Sgt. Ronald D. Peppi, II
Post 9, Pikeville--Post 14, Ashland

Sgt. Wesley B. Slone
Post 7, Richmond no change

Sgt. William T. Smith
Post 3, Bowling Green no change

Sgt. Jeffrey A. Suratt
Post 15, Columbia--Post 7, Richmond

Sgt. Gerald R. Wilson
Enforcement Sec. I no change

Other personnel graduating from the training course included:

Sgt. David Biggerstaff, Special Investigations
Sgt. Tony Dunker, Enforcement, Sec. I
Sgt. Tom McCarty, Post 6, Dry Ridge
Tpr. Michael Taylor, Post 10, Harlan
Tpr. Charles Thompson, Enforcement Sec. II

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