KWLEN Representation Added to the KLEC
Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network President Jill Stulz and Kentucky Bar Association representative Kate Bennett being sworn onto the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council on Aug. 8.
(Photo by Cindy Shain, Southern Police Institute Director)
A stride toward greater representation for female peace officers occurred Thursday, Aug. 8, as the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network (KWLEN) gained a seat on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.
Sworn in during the summer meeting held at the Drury Inn in Louisville, the first to hold the seat, is KWLEN President Jill Stulz.
“One of the great things about KWELN is that members span the entire law enforcement and justice career fields,” she said. “Our membership includes not only law enforcement officers, but (also) dispatchers, jailers, professionals from Homeland Security, probation and parole, etc. So to be included on the council allows for the women and men from all those justice professions to have a voice on the council, to bring up issues that need addressed, and advocate for positive change.”
According to KLEC Executive Director Phil Crumpton, representatives from KWLEN had contacted the council to request their addition. Then, legislative change was required to add another spot.
“(KWLEN) has had a voice in a lot of other avenues here in the law enforcement world in Kentucky,” he said. “So, it just made sense to us to add them to the council.”
Sworn onto the council alongside Stulz was Kate Bennett, who was appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin, representing the Kentucky Bar Association, Crumpton said.
Crumpton takes the lead
The August meeting marked the first for Crumpton since filling the position of KLEC executive director on May 24. “It’s been an eye-opening experience,” said the longtime law enforcement professional. “I’ve learned a whole lot more about training than I ever thought I could.”
During the opening remarks of his director’s report, Crumpton thanked former executive director Fran Root and the KLEC staff for helping make the transition smooth, as well as Department of Criminal Justice Training Commissioner Alex Payne and his employees.
Crumpton most recently served as a special assistance in DOCJT’s Louisville Section. Prior to that, he worked for the Kentucky State Police for more than 20 years and briefly served stints as a Wilmore Police Department major and the Taylorsville Police chief.
In other business:
Crumpton noted during his report that the number of special law enforcement officers are increasing. His office processed paperwork for 43 in the past quarter. Out-of-state inquiries have also increased.
Five revocation requests were made and confirmed during the Professional Standards Committee meeting due to felony convictions, while an addition three were confirmed that had been tabled at the spring meeting.
The council’s curriculum committee recommended approval for 44 curriculums through various training agencies, including DOCJT, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police Department, Southern Police Institute and John E. Reid & Associates.