Newly certified officers Eric Elder, left, and Jay Edwards, right, pose with proud police chief Todd Jones following their graduation from the police academy.

Providence Police Department added a pair of certified police officers to its ranks last week after officers Eric Elder and Jay Edwards graduated from the Kentucky Police Academy in Richmond following a five month long training program.

“The DOCJT Academy was not only physically and academically challenging for these officers, but also required long periods of time away from their families and friends,” said PPD Chief Todd Jones. “It includes extensive training in Criminal Law, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Police Vehicle Operations, Physical Fitness, Breath Test Operations, Handcuffing, Verbal Judo, as well as many college level academic classes.”

Edwards and Elder were sworn in as patrolmen for the PPD in October 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, admissions and graduations from the academy were canceled and then delayed. Working alongside with Jones, as well as certified officers Carl Scheer and Isaac Frias, the pair was able to get much needed experience in the field before classes began.

“After completion of a FTO program and successful demonstration of the skills necessary to safely perform the duties required, Officers Edwards and Elder will be working on their own,” said Jones. “These two officers bring Providence Police Department to a total of five certified officers. Providence Police Department would like to personally thank these two amazing young men for following their hearts and wanting to make a difference in our community. We would also like to think the families of both for their influence, support, and understanding as their child, husband, father, or brother has made a giant step toward fulfilling a dream.”

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069