Alex Payne is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Training located in Richmond, Kentucky. He was most recently the Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police an agency he retired from as a Sergeant in 2004. His previous assignments with KSP were Post 9, Pikeville, Post 16, Henderson, and a founding member of the centralized Special Response Team. He was also the primary use of force instructor at the Kentucky State Police Academy for a number of years. Mr. Payne previously served as Operations Major, Sergeant and Patrol Officer with the Jeffersontown Police Department and as a Law Enforcement Specialist with the Kentucky League of Cities. He has conducted training for police, military, security and civilian personnel all across the United States and other countries. He is continually used as an expert witness in court cases involving police use of force, police training and tactics.
Alex and his wife Sheila have five children, Caleb, Matthew, Morgan, Molly and Emma. They are members of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parrish and live just outside of Jeffersontown in the Fern Creek area.
John McGuire, Deputy Commissioner
John was most recently with the Kentucky Office of Inspector General, Drug Enforcement and Professional, Practices as a Branch Manager. John oversaw the Kentucky All Schedules Prescription Electronic Prescribing Program (KASPER), supervised criminal and administrative investigations related to the Kentucky Controlled Substances Act and supervised pharmacist/investigators, analysts and administrative assistants.
While a member of the Louisville Metro/Jefferson County Police John also had investigative and supervisory background with the Prescriptions Drug Unit, Violent Crimes Reduction Task force, US Marshals Violent Crimes Task and District Flex platoon.
His administrative supervisory background included the Louisville Metro Police Departments Inspection and Compliance section where he was responsible for developing policies and procedures for ensuring departmental compliance with applicable laws, ordinances and guidelines set out by OSHA, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) and the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
John’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bellarmine University,a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, ESCP-European School of Management (Paris), International Business Management Murray State University, KYInstitute for International Studies, Immersion in Morelia, Mexico Spanish, a Police Instructor (Certified by Kentucky Law Enforcement Council) and a graduate of Saint Xavier High School.
John was also the President/CEO of the largest FOP in Kentucky and the ninth largest in the United States Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 614. He protected members’ employment rights by enforcing contract provisions and labor laws. Handling a number of issues relating to 2400+ members. Served as a legislative agent in Frankfort and Washington during the 2006-2009 legislative sessions.
John’s international experience includes Attended ESCP-Paris to study International Business Management in Paris, France, conducted training of police in El Salvador in handling and resolving conflict, Attending a five-week immersion program in Morelia, Mexico, including traveling throughout Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Steven Long, Training Operations Division Director
Steve Long is currently the Director of the Training Operations Division. He was most recently the Director of Operations for the Kentucky State Police; the agency he retired from as a Lt. Colonel in 2017. His previous assignments with KSP were Post 11, London, Post 5, Campbellsburg and he was assigned to the Special Response Team for 8 years. He served as a firearms and tactics instructor at the KSP Academy and was the Assistant Academy Commander. During his career he assumed several command positions including the Supply Branch, Internal Affairs, and Special Operations. He was promoted to Special Enforcement Troop Major in 2015 and Lt. Colonel, Director of Operations in 2016. Steve and his wife Dr. Carrie Long have two children, Adelee and Violet Long.
Carey Kitts, Staff Assistant
Carey Kitts began his career with the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2017, and currently serves as a special assistant to the commissioner’s office and Kentucky Law Enforcement Council-certified criminal and narcotics investigations instructor.
He was most recently a squad sergeant for Kentucky State Police Post 6, Dry Ridge, where he started as a trooper in 1999. Kitts became a certified hostage negotiator and spent nine years as a narcotics and special investigations detective at Post 6 and with the Drug Enforcement / Special Investigations Section working various high-profile drug and public-corruption cases.
Prior to KSP, Kitts spent four years as a Lexington Police Department Violent Crimes Taskforce patrolman and four years as a military police officer for the U.S. Army.
During his law enforcement career, Kitts received numerous awards, including the governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award, post-level Trooper of the Year (2006), the KSP Lifesaving Medal and numerous commissioner commendations. Kitts also was the recipient of commendation letters from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in police administration and a master’s degree in occupational safety, both from Eastern Kentucky University.
Kitts and his wife Mary Kitts have one son, Carson Kitts.
Tina Moss , Staff Assistant
Tina Moss currently serves the Department of Criminal Justice Training as a staff assistant within the commissioner’s office and oversees the Human Resources Branch. She began her career at the agency in 2017 as Human Resources Branch manager.
Moss has served as a Justice and Public Safety Cabinet employee for nearly 30 years, and has devoted her career to advising the Cabinet in personnel matters. Prior to DOCJT, she spent 19 years working within the Office of Management and Administrative Services, moving up the ranks from personnel administrator/personnel management specialist to executive staff assistant. Moss served as deputy chief of staff for Justice Cabinet Sec. John Tilley before joining DOCJT.
Moss’s career with the state of Kentucky began in 1989 when she joined the Kentucky Department of Corrections’ Probation and Parole Office in Lawrenceburg. She served as secretary chief there for about eight years, followed by more than a year at the agency’s Frankfort Career Development Center as an administrative secretary.
Moss holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Sullivan University. She has one daughter, Emma Thompson.
John Schwartz , Staff Assistant
John Schwartz currently serves as the Staff Assistant to the commissioner's office.
Schwartz has served DOCJT for the past 11 years, joining the agency in Feb. 2005. He began his career with DOCJT as an instructor in the Advanced Individual Training Branch. There he taught classes including Criminal Investigation, Interview and Interrogation, Homicide Investigative Techniques and Cold Case Investigation.
Schwartz was promoted in August 2013 to become supervisor of the DUI Enforcement Section in DOCJT’s Basic Training Branch. He served in that role until May 2015, when he was named supervisor of the General Studies Section.
In August 2015, Schwartz was promoted again to serve as the branch manager of the Basic Training Branch, a role in which he served until being named to his new position.
Prior to his service to DOCJT, Schwartz served and retired from the New York City Police Department after a 20-year career. He spent 13 years there as a detective and was assigned to various units throughout his career, including patrol, plainclothes and robbery.
His final eight years of service to NYPD was spent working homicide squads in both Brooklyn South and the Bronx. Schwartz retired from NYPD at the rank of detective first grade.
Schwartz earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Justice Administration, from Tiffin University. He also is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development Class 18. Schwartz and his wife, Loriann, have been married for 27 years. They have three children in college, Justine, Christina, and James
Phillip Crumpton, Special Assistant
Former Taylorsville Police Chief Phil Crumpton recently joined the Department of Criminal Justice Training as a special assistant to the commissioner’s office.
Crumpton served the Kentucky State Police for more than 20 years, beginning his career as a trooper in Frankfort in 1991. In his 11 years as a trooper, Crumpton served as a field training officer, participated in a Special Traffic Enforcement program, was an instructor for the Civilian Police Academy and served Spencer County Middle School as a D.A.R.E. officer.
In 2002, Crumpton was promoted to the rank of sergeant, serving in the Criminal Identification and Records Branch. The following year, Crumpton became the assistant commander in the KSP Media Relations Branch – a role in which he served until 2006, when he was promoted to lieutenant. He then took over as commander of the branch, acting as the primary KSP spokesperson.
Crumpton was promoted to captain in 2008 and assumed the role of commander at the Bowling Green KSP post. One year later, he took on the role of commanding the KSP training academy, overseeing training for 1,700 employees. Crumpton retired from his service to KSP in 2012.
In 2013, Crumpton joined the Wilmore Police Department as a major, serving as the operations officer. He became the Taylorsville Police chief in July 2014, where he served until accepting his new position at DOCJT.
Crumpton has an associate degree in Electronic Engineering and Technology from the RETS Electronics Institute. He is a longtime member of the KSP Professional Association, where he has served as the quartermaster and treasurer since June 2013. He also is a member of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.
Kevin Rader, Administrative DivisionAssistant Director
Kevin Rader has served as the Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Training Administrative Division since 2018.
Rader began his career at DOCJT in 2001 as a network analyst, after a stint as a computer analyst for Lexmark. In 2004, he was promoted to Information Systems Branch manager where he helped facilitate streamlining the database merger and numerous other business processes. He also worked closely with the fiscal management staff to streamline the billing process for DOCJT’s pay-for-training agencies.
In 2009, Rader promoted to assistant director of the Administrative Division. In that capacity, he handles the agency’s capital plan, coordinates DOCJT’s budget while building strong relationships with the state budget office, and works to receive funding for additional projects and budget requests to bolster DOCJT training efforts. In addition, Rader took the lead on the DOCJT heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair project. Rader also serves on DOCJT’s legislative team.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration from Cumberland College.
Deaidra Douglas, Assistant General Counsel
With over 17 years of experience in the practice of law, Deaidra Douglas was named the assistant general counsel for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s Department of Criminal Justice Training on Aug. 1, 2016. After earning her juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 2001, Douglas served as a law clerk to the Bourbon County Circuit Court judge before opening a private practice in Paris, Ky. There, she practiced in the areas of criminal defense; family/divorce; dependency, neglect and abuse; real estate; social security disability; and juvenile law. She also served as the Bourbon County Teen Court coordinator and as secretary - treasurer of the Bourbon County Bar Association from 2005 to 2006.
Three years later, Douglas joined the Department of Public Advocacy where she served a 10-county area in central and eastern Kentucky. In 2009, she was promoted to directing attorney for the London DPA office. During this time, she attended the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute in Macon, Georgia.
While serving as directing attorney, Douglas managed circuit, district and family court coverages in five counties, practiced death penalty cases, acted as the Defense bar FAIR Team representative and Laurel County Teen Court coordinator.
Douglas also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Eastern Kentucky University.
Pam Smallwood, Executive Staff Advisor
Pam Smallwood has served as the executive staff advisor in the Office of the Commissioner since early 2014. She has served as a Department of Criminal Justice Training employee for 16 years.
Smallwood began as a part-time administrative assistant in support of Kentucky Police Corps, which was previously housed at DOCJT. She moved from there to serve Basic Training as the assistant to the branch manager. In late 2004, she became the assistant to the administrative director, ultimately serving in a dual role for the DOCJT deputy commissioner as well.
Smallwood has volunteered her time in administrative support for the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation since 2007. She and her husband, Bill, have three children; Katie, Tess and Hayley, and three grandchildren; Claire, Brogan and Aida.