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KSP/CVE Region 5 Lieutenant Receives National Award

Date of News Release: 02/03/2014

Lt. John Kearns

(Morehead, KY) -- The United States Department of Transportation National Training Center has awarded Lt. John Kearns of Region 5 with the Hazardous Materials Training Program Instructor of the Year Award. The award is assigned to the top federal hazardous material instructor once a year at the Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development meeting. The award recipient is selected by the Federal National Training Center, and covers all federal and state instructors. The selection process is based on the number of classes instructed, pass-fail rate and additional responsibilities. Lt. Kearns has been directly involved in the Hazardous Material Re-write Team (redeveloping the Federal Hazardous Material Program and testing process through NTC). He has the most classes taught as a NTC instructor, with a pass rate of 99% for all classes instructed.

Lt. Kearns began his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Warren County Sheriff's Office. He has been with CVE since 2000. In August, 2010, he promoted to Sergeant. He became an Academy Staff Instructor in August, 2011, and was also promoted to Lieutenant in November, 2012. Lt. Kearns has a Bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University, and is working on a Master's degree at Eastern Kentucky University. He currently resides in Richmond, Kentucky.

Lt. Kearns is a part of KLEC (Kentucky Law Enforcement Council), IACP (International Association of Chief of Police), NHTCA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and NTC (National Training Center). His instructor certifications include: DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) from 2006 through 2010; Traffic; General Hazardous Material; Other - Bulk Packing and Cargo Truck Instructor.

Congratulations to Lt. John Kearns on receiving this prestigious award.