The Cynthiana Police Department is welcoming two new officers into its ranks.
John Bright Jr. and Shaun Rains graduated from Department of Criminal Justice Training at Eastern Kentucky University on Friday and worked their first shift on Sunday.
Bright, 25, is a graduate of Henry County High School and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Bright said he had been working odd jobs when he saw an advertisement for a police officer in Cynthiana.
He and fellow officer Rains attended 18 weeks of training at the police academy on the EKU campus.
Bright will be shadowed for the next two to three months by field training officer, Assistant Chief Bill Denton.
Ptl. Jeff Thomas will serve as the training officer for Rains.
“This is something I’ve always been interested in,” Bright said on Monday. “I enjoy the responsibility involved with police work and helping people who may be distraught or in a bad situation.”
Bright said he wanted to be able to help people and that he enjoys interacting with the community.
He is the son of John Bright Sr. of Georgetown and Kimberly Patterson of Henry County.
Rains, 33, is from Whitley County but came to Harrison County after marrying Anastasia Pierce.
“Harrison County reminded me a lot of Williamsburg and I want to help protect the neighborhoods,” he said Tuesday morning after wrapping up his second day as an officer. “I want it safe for my wife and someday my kids.”
Before applying to CPD, Rains earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Kentucky University.
He is the son of Brenda Moore and Billy Rains of Williamsburg. His wife is the lead radiologist technician at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
Bright and Rains were among 27 officers who completed the training, which consisted of nearly 770 hours of recruit-level-officer academy instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid/CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.
Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers who are required to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998. The Department of Criminal Justice Training provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police and others.