KWLEN MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Penny Bowles is an Asst. Chief (Major) with the Bowling Green Police Department. She was hired in January 1996 and promoted to her current rank in December 2012, where she is assigned to the Professional Standards Division. She has been fortunate to attend many training opportunities throughout her career, most notably APS, CJED and SSL through DOCJT, Law Enforcement Physical Fitness trainer at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and Driving Instructor at FLETC to name a few. She is “very excited” to have the opportunity to attend the 139th Administrative Officers Course this semester at the Southern Police Institute (SPI). Asst. Chief Bowles says, “Attending the AOC at this point in my career has been very invigorating and enlightening. I am also in a position to implement some of the new ideas I am learning here that I wasn't in a position to ten years ago.”
She is attending the AOC as a Nichols Scholar, having been selected for this scholarship in 2017. “Having the Nichols Scholarship allowed for me to be able to attend the training in the spring semester, which we only budget for the fall semester. This allowed me to go several months earlier, but also allowed for another officer to attend in fall of 2018 who would have had to wait until fall of 2019 had it not been for the scholarship.”
She is married to husband Brad, who retired from Kentucky State Police and is currently with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. They have two adult children.
Jennifer Rudolph Colemire is a Sergeant with the Covington Police Department assigned to first shift patrol where she also serves as a Field Training Sergeant. She is a 15-year veteran of the department, where she has been assigned to the patrol bureau and has worked undercover with the Crime Suppression Unit. She is certified as a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Officer and a negotiator with the SWAT Team.
Sgt. Colemire has been a member of KWLEN since 2004, where she served as President for four years and is currently serving as Secretary for the organization. KWLEN has been a “very important part in both my professional and personal life, providing endless resources that further my knowledge and building relationships throughout the state.”
Sgt. Colemire is attending the 139th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute. She is a Nichols Scholar and plans to graduate in May 2018. At SPI, she is expanding her professional networks and further her knowledge of policing, management, and administration as a member of the class.
Sgt. Colemire has earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership during her career with her department. She has received agency recognition as the Employee of the Month, the Chief’s Award, two Lifesaving medals, and been honored by the KWLEN as Member of the Year in 2010 and 2017. She is a member of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
She is married to “my best friend and love of my life,” Danny Colemire and lives in Foster, Kentucky. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to live music and concerts, and gardening.