Hailing from a long career in law enforcement training and service, Fran Root was named executive director of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council on Sept. 1, 2016. He came to the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2000, after retiring as assistant chief with the Lexington Police Department, where he served 27 years.
Root has enjoyed considerable success with multi-unit and multi-agency task force operations and has extensive experience in directing patrol operations. The majority of his law enforcement career was dedicated to criminal investigations, predominately in homicide and narcotics, and he ended his career as chief of detectives.
Root first joined DOCJT as the executive staff advisor for the Kentucky Police Corps program, where he transitioned the program into a full-scale operation and implemented signature programs that gained DOCJT national recognition. He went on to serve as a branch manager in the Basic, Skills and Advanced Individual Training branches. While serving in these capacities, Root facilitated the transition from 16 weeks to 18 weeks of basic training and helped incorporate patrol rifle courses and active shooter response training into the basic curriculum.
Root has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Webber-Seavy Award for the Lexington Police Department in 2002.
Root holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session No. 180.