Prior to his employment with the Cadiz Police Department, Ethridge served as a deputy of the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office. He said that his previous training had been grandfathered allowing him to continue to serve as a deputy, but the interagency move nullified the grandfather clause, requiring him to repeat his training.
“The academy has been restructured with new procedures. We see some old training and some new, but I came away with a feeling of how to get by on the street,” said Ethridge.
According to a Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training press release, Ethridge satisfactorily completed 18 weeks of training and 750 hours of instruction. . Major training areas included 40 hours of homeland security training, Orientation for New Law Enforcement Families, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigation, first aid/CPR, patrol procedures, and mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.
Ethridge discusses his experiences at the academy in this week's Cadiz Record.