Leadership Command College Heads to Poland

Members of the Poland National Police Command Staff and selected State Chiefs visited The Shenandoah Police Department, including Sgt. Raymond Shaw of the Shenandoah Police Department; Leszek Marzec, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Igor Parfieniuk, Andrzej Rokita of the Polish National Police; Dean Arkadiusz Letkiewicz of the Polish National Police Academy; Deputy Director Mariusz Wegrzyniak of the Directorate for International Cooperation, PNP; Deputy State Chief Zygmunt Skwierawski of PNP; Detective Mark Denham of Shenandoah PD and Magdalena Denham of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas

In September, five graduates of the Leadership Command College at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas will be representing the state during a visit to Poland. The delegates will have an opportunity to learn about the Polish criminal justice system, policing structures and techniques, corrections and international aspects of policing.

"In spite of organizational, political and historical differences between the United States and Poland with respect to policing, crime and criminal justice issues transcend local and national boundaries," said Magdalena Denham, project coordinator with the International Police Program at LEMIT. "Similarly, topics, such as crisis management, leadership, decision-making, database building, crime tracking and information sharing remain universal."

As part of an ongoing exchange program with the Polish National Police, LEMIT’s International Police Program selected Sr. Police Officer Greg Sokoloski of the Houston Police Department, Mounted Division, Sgt. Pete Paske of the Missouri City Police Department, Cullen Grissom of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at Texas A&M, Lt. Guadalupe (Lupe) Jimenez of the Houston Independent School District Police, and Det. Oscar Hinojosa of the Little Elm Police Department to represent Texas law enforcement this year.

The delegates will be hosted at the Polish National Police Training Center near Warsaw and will meet with the agency's Command Staff. The agenda also includes visits to regional, state, county, city and field police stations; courts; correctional facilities; canine training centers and forensic and database integration centers.

The itinerary includes official workshop in Warsaw, Cracow, Kielce, Sandomierz and Sulkowice. The trip is scheduled from Sept 2 through 16.

This year, the Polish National Police and the U.S. officers will jointly commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11. A special ceremony will be held at the monument "Homo Domini" in Kielce erected as an homage to victims of this horrific event and to our nation. The U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein, Polish governors, mayors, Polish National Police executives, and other public officials will be among the honorable guests.

In addition to sharing experiences with local police agencies, the police executives will be exposed to the functioning of the Directorate of International Cooperation within the Polish National Police. This organizational structure focuses on all international policing as well as intelligence and information sharing issues regarding the European Union and Schengen agreements.

The delegation from LEMIT follows a trip last April in which Poland National Police Command Staff and selected State Chiefs visited Texas. Polish law enforcement representatives visited police agencies in Dallas, Arlington, Shenandoah, Montgomery County and Sam Houston State University as well as correctional facilities, crisis management and training centers, such as Houston TranStar, TEEX, Incident Command Simulation Training at SHSU, and the Montgomery County Communications Center.

Other activities included visit to Texas Ranger Stadium, the newly constructed Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Dealey Plaza, Galveston, San Antonio, Austin and Fredericksburg. As part of the experience, the team from Poland attended simunition and firearms techniques' training hosted by the Shenandoah Police Department and also learned brand a cattle at a Texas ranch.

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