The Constables Leadership College Class #9 included representatives from 25 offices across the Texas.
Top level leaders from 25 Constables’ Offices across Texas recently completed an intensive Leadership College that covered many aspects of modern law enforcement management techniques, styles and philosophies.
The Leadership College, held in three, one-week modules, is modeled after the Leadership Command College, a successful initiative to train upcoming leaders in law enforcement agencies across the state. The Constable program emphasizes leadership and general management principles as well as political, legal, and social issues facing contemporary departments.
The program is designed to benefit supervisors with at least five years’ experience. The 9th Constable Leadership College Class included rep- resentatives from precincts in Brazoria, Duval, Ellis, Falls, Harris, Harrison, Liberty, Montgomery, Tarrant, Taylor, Travis, Young, and Williamson counties. The class adopted the motto: “Honor Through Excellence”
“This class represents 23 precincts in the state and 566 years of experience,” Dr. David Webb, Assistant Director of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, told graduates of the program. “This was a challenging and demanding program that exposed you to a wide range of philosophies, theories, programs and techniques. You also benefit by joining this new network, which includes a large number of law enforcement graduates.”
During the classes, participants were exposed to many of the issues faced in the day-to-day operations of the office and the skills needed to lead a policing agency. The first module included the psychology of police leadership, internal affairs, ethics and intergovernmental relations. The second module covered officer-involved shootings, communications, cultural diversity, legal liability and human resources management. The third module offered professionalism, terrorism, grant writing and incident command.
“By participating in this program, it says a lot about who you are in what you have done as a Constable and what you will still do as a Constable,” said Justice of the Peace Richard Castillo of Victoria County, a former Constable who participated in the 8th Class. “You are the best of the best. Be proud. There is nothing better than being involved with the Constable’s Office.”
The modules were taken In October, January and May and culminated in participants writing a personal leadership statement. Here are some of the lessons learned during Leadership College:
- Psychology for Police Leadership: the social implications of human interactions and the examination of biases and heuristics of interactions
- Internal Affairs: the investigative process to ensure that department policy and procedures are followed and that all employees follow agency standards of professionalism
- Ethics: defining ethics as the inner voice, justice, respect, duty and virtuous behavior and integrating it in the role of public trust
- Supervision: understanding the department’s values and the need to be accountable for subordinate conduct and welfare by setting the example, instructing, monitering, correcting and reinforcing standards
- Intergovernmental Relations. exploring different levels of government interaction and recognizing and respecting the values, differences, morales, education and successes of each
- Officer Involved Shooting: the use of force is a responsive act, which involves the elements of the act and the different responses that occur
- Cultural Diversity: supporting a cultural diversity philosophy includes understanding the differences in cultures and their worldwide perspective and recognizing immigrant issues
- Team building: Identifying the top seven reasons people leave or stay with an organization and how to develop commitment to the agency
- Legal Liability: understanding the rights of people to secure their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure
- Professionalism: how to develop effective performance evaluations and recognize employee rights during investigations, discipline and termination
- Etiquette: how to conduct oneself with respect, courtesy, polish and professionalism
- Terrorism: identifying various acts of terrorism and raising awareness of the issue with staff
- Human Resource Issues: understanding at-will employment, worker’s compensation, family leave and processes for investigations, discipline and termination
- Incident Command Simulation: specialized training in crisis management and how to coordinate with other agencies