Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Kentucky State Police Announce Employee Of The Year and Other Civilian Awards
Date of News Release: 10/10/2011
(FRANKFORT, KY) – Twenty-five civilian employees were honored by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony held today at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Crestwood, Ky.- resident Bruce Olin was named 2011 KSP Civilian Employee of the Year. A 33-year veteran of the agency, Olin is a Program Coordinator with the Public Affairs Branch at KSP headquarters in Frankfort.
Olin spent 27-and-a-half years with the agency as a state trooper, retiring in 2005 from the Electronic Crimes Branch. He returned in 2008 as a civilian employee and now serves as state coordinator for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. In this role, he is responsible for the statewide coordination of current D.A.R.E. curriculum and training for all D.A.R.E. instructors in the state. Currently, there are 70 federal, state and local law enforcement officers involved in the program. In the 2010-2011 school year, approximately 16,000 students in Kentucky received D.A.R.E. instruction and an additional 4,300 were exposed to the program.
During the past year, Olin was notified that funding for the D.A.R.E. program would be terminated. In response, he developed a contingency plan to keep the program in operation while new funding could be secured. Through his diligence and ability to communicate the effectiveness of the program, Olin convinced the original sponsor to reconsider and continue to fund the program. He also successfully prepared the program for reaccreditation review by the national D.A.R.E. America organization, which granted a four-year extension to the program in Kentucky.
In addition to his D.A.R.E. responsibilities, Olin is in charge of the Public Affairs Branch vehicle fleet, which includes trucks and trailers used to transport the agency's historic vehicles, drug education trailer, highway safety crash trailer, vehicle roll-over simulator and other equipment to trade shows and community events throughout the state.
Having earned his commercial driver's license, he also functions as an on-staff driver to deliver needed equipment to KSP's 16 post areas.
A native of Pikeville, Olin is a 1972 graduate of Millard High School and a 1984 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He is the son of the late Walter John Olin and the late Stella Gail Coleman Mays, both of Pikeville.
Other KSP civilian employees who received awards included:
Police Communications Support Award
Daniel Priddy, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 3-Bowling Green
Jimmy Kitchens, Police Telecommunications Shift Supervisor, Post 3-Bowling Green
Houston White, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 12-Frankfort
John Farler, Sr., Police Telecommunicator II, Post 3-Hazard
Clerical Support Service Award
Carolyn Coldiron, Administrative Specialist III, Post 10-Harlan
Lisa Miller, Administrative Specialist III, Supply Branch-Frankfort
Miki Sauer, Administrative Specialist III, Post 16-Henderson
Driver Testing Administrative Support Award
West Region: Harold Masden, Certified Driver Testing Administrator I
East Region: Terrence Stevenson, Certified Driver Testing Administrator I
Forensic Services Support Award
Laboratory Analyst: Susan Robinson, Forensic Scientist Specialist II, Central Laboratory Branch, Frankfort
Regional Laboratory Analyst: Shane Hardison, Forensic Scientist Specialist I, Western Laboratory Branch, Madisonville
Forensic Laboratory Supervisor: Katrina Featherston, Forensic Laboratory Supervisor, Central Laboratory Branch, Frankfort
Commercial Vehicle Support Award
Robert Boggs, Jr., Commercial Vehicle Inspector II, Region 4-London
Laura Monroe, Administrative Specialist III, Program Support Branch-Frankfort
Administrative Support Service Award
Jimmy Carey, Law Enforcement Training Instructor II, Academy Branch-Frankfort
Pam Hamrick, Internal Policy Analyst II, Financial & Grants Management Branch-Frankfort
Bruce Olin, Program Coordinator, Public Affairs Branch-Frankfort
Administrative Support Supervisor Award
Misty Moore, Program Coordinator, Criminal Identification & Records Branch-Frankfort
Scientific Support Service Award
Fred Crane, Forensic Latent Fingerprint Analyst III, AFIS, Criminal Identification & Records Branch-Frankfort
Computer Technology Technical Support Award
Ruth Sudduth, Administrative Specialist II, Electronic Crimes Branch-Frankfort
Records Technical Support Service Award
Steven Rodgers, Maintenance Superintendent II, Criminal Identification & Records Branch-Frankfort
Maintenance Support Service Award
Anthony Butler, Maintenance Worker II, Technical Services Division-Trooper Island
Communications Technical Support Award
Larry Yates, Network Analyst III, Communications & Computer Technologies Branch-Frankfort
Properties Management & Supply Technical Support Service Award
Jerry Ellis, Jr., Fleet Service Manager, Supply Branch-Frankfort
Operational Support Award
Gary Thomas, Jr., Criminal Intelligence Analyst I, Vehicle Investigations Branch