Jessica S. Andrew, a Russell County High School graduate, recently graduated from the Kentucky State Police Telecommunications Academy with a grade point average of 96 percent, earning her the Charlotte Tanner Valedictorian Award.
Andrew was among 14 telecommunicators, representing eight posts across the state, to graduate from the academy and are now ready to begin answering the call for assistance to both citizens and law enforcement.
Andrew, who lives in Adair County, will work at Post 15 in Columbia.
The graduates received 160 hours of instruction over four weeks. Major training areas include legal liability, limits of telecommunicator authority, telecommunicator’s role in public safety, interpersonal communications, customer service, combating stress and PTSD, ethics and confidentiality, responder safety, basic fire dispatch, state emergency operation plans, criminal justice information systems, first aid training, emergency medical dispatch and special needs callers.
Andrew is the daughter of Carrie and Calvin Burton.