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Ken Hammond Recognized as "Friend of Justice" by Wisconsin Innocence Project


MADISON - Ken Hammond, the Director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Training & Standards Bureau was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Innocence Project for his work developing best practices relating to eyewitness identification.


"The best practices that Ken developed have been implemented and incorporated into Wisconsin law," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "They and the accompanying manual have been requested and used by law enforcement agencies across the country, including Dallas, Texas and the New York Police Department."


The award recognizes individuals who made outstanding contributions to the efforts to improve the criminal justice system and its ability to guard against wrongful conviction of the innocent while convicting the guilty.


"I am very proud that the vitally important work Ken Hammond is doing for Wisconsin law enforcement is being recognized by the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Ken's dedication to quality training and education is an inspiration to all of us working in law enforcement," said Van Hollen. "Ken's dedication to the people of Wisconsin exemplifies the commitment to excellence that we look for throughout the Department of Justice."


Hammond serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Training and Standards Bureau. The Bureau serves as the staffing arm of the Law Enforcement Standards Board. He is responsible for Wisconsin's Basic Training Programs for Law Enforcement, Jail, and Secure Juvenile Detention Officer Recruits. Training and Standards govern the certification of Wisconsin's 17,000+ officers and the 615 law enforcement employers. In addition, Hammond oversees the administration of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training Fund Local Assistance Program.


Hammond earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's La Follette Institute of Public Affairs in 1999. Hammond worked for the Sun Prairie Police Department for almost 25 years in a variety of positions from Radio Dispatcher through Assistant to the Chief.


Hammond received the award during a program at the UW Law School recognizing the Wisconsin Innocence Project's 10 year anniversary.