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Ben Wilcox began his career at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2004, and currently serves as the State School Security Marshal, an office created in 2019 after the passage of the School Safety and Resiliency Act.
He was most recently the Instructional Design section supervisor, where he was responsible for all testing, curriculum, lessons plans and instructional material at the agency. Prior to that, Wilcox worked as an instructor in the Driving, Firearms and Coordination sections.
Before coming to DOCJT, Wilcox spent six years with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and school resource officer working with students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
During his law enforcement career, Wilcox served as the President of the EKU Association of Law Enforcement from 1997-1998, was honored with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year award in 2001, and was nominated for DOCJT’s Instructor of the Year award in 2009 and 2014.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in police administration and a master’s degree in career and technical education, with a concentration in occupational training and development, both from Eastern Kentucky University.
Wilcox and his wife Angie have two daughters, Alexandria and Addison.
Wed, Oct 26, 2022
The Kentucky Office of the State School Security MarshalThis presentation will discuss the passing of the 2019 School Safety and Resiliency Act and the creation of the Kentucky Office of the State School Security Marshal (OSSSM). The OSSSM conducts onsite assessments of every locally controlled school district in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. OSSSM also works directly with school resource officers providing training and resources for school districts and law enforcement. This presentation will also discuss the legislation that created a 120 certification for all SRO’s across the commonwealth.
The learning objectives will include an overview of the School Marshals program a how it is affecting the safety and security of Kentucky Schools. The participants outcome will be a better understanding of the legislation and programs that are in place and working in the commonwealth .
- Identify the role of the Kentucky Office of the State School Security Marshal.
- Identify the importance of the School Safety and Resiliency Act and its impact on SRO training.
- List the training requirements of a certified SRO in Kentucky.
- Participants will be able to explain the role of the Kentucky Office of the State School Security Marshal.
- Participants will be able to discuss the mandates set forth by the School Safety and Resiliency Act.
- Participants will be able to explain the relationship between SRO's and the Marshal's office.