Executive Director Denise Spratt Named 2017 Coordinator of the Year by CIT International
On Thursday, August 17, 2017 CIT International Board member Amy Watson presented our Executive Director, Lt. [Ret.] Denise Spratt, with the award for CIT International Coordinator of the Year. Congratulations Denise!
Lt. [Ret.] Ryan Wilfong Named Assistant Director of Kentucky CIT
Please join us in welcoming Lt. [Ret.] Ryan Wilfong to the team.
Ryan is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and began his law enforcement career with the Marshall University Police Department in Huntington, West Virginia in 1988. He served as a patrol officer, crisis negotiator and firearms instructor.
In 1992, he joined the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police (Kentucky) and served as a patrol officer during his tenure. Officer Wilfong was awarded the department’s Professional Service Award for the apprehension and successful prosecution of two commercial robbery offenders.
In 1996, he transferred to the Jefferson County Police Department/Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1998, Detective Wilfong was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit – Robbery Section. During his tenure in the Robbery Section, Detective Wilfong was also active in the investigation of homicides, felonious assaults and sex crimes. As a detective, Wilfong was twice awarded the Exemplary Performance Award for his role on the investigative team of a bank robbery/homicide and the successful face-to-face negotiation of a suicidal subject.
Detective Wilfong was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August 2004 with the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department. He has served in capacities as an administrative supervisor, patrol supervisor, as well as a Field Training Sergeant. He was also assigned as an adjunct instructor to the department’s Training Academy / Crisis Intervention Team. Sergeant Wilfong served as a Team Supervisor and Assistant Team Commander of the LMPD Hostage Negotiations Team.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in November 2007, Lieutenant Wilfong served in the Special Operations Section of LMPD as the Commander of the Hostage Negotiations Team, retiring in 2010.
In 2012, he was named the Chief of Police for the Greenville Technical College System (South Carolina) overseeing law enforcement/security operations of the institution.
Since retirement, Wilfong has served as an instructor at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training and Investigator/Investigator Supervisor for the Kentucky Office of Attorney General overseeing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elder population, as well as medical provider fraud.
He currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Kentucky Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and an adjunct instructor for the National Institute of Crime Prevention in Tampa, Florida.
Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.