Police Command Staff Gets LEMIT Training

Top command staff for Texas police departments were trained in key management issues during a recent program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Texas police chiefs are required to undergo training at LEMIT every two years and about 1,000 top administrators participate in the program annually. The chiefs subsequently requested that their top command staff get similar opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Topics during the five -day program included management skills, employee relations, budgets and strategic planning, a legal update, the servant-leadership model, computers and cybercrime, and telephone exploitation.

"It's a great learning experience for administrative staff," said Assistant Chief Andy Kancel of the North Richland Hill Police Department. "The topics of discussion are relevant to the current needs of department leaders and managers, and the LEMIT environment provides attendees scores of opportunities to acquire pertinent information that can be applied to their respective agencies upon their return. The training also serves a means to network with peers from agencies throughout the state of Texas."

A total of 53 top commanders, ranging from sergeants to assistant chiefs from police departments, school police and a Sheriff’s Office, participated in the most recent program in Huntsville. The Command Staff Leadership Series is offered twice a year and the curriculum changes biennially.

The training addresses the job-related skills needed to perform successfully as a leader in a law enforcement agency. Participants vary from small agencies, with only a few officers, to medium sized departments. The training also gave top staff the opportunity to network with colleagues outside their cities.

The training included experts from throughout the state and country. Among the key issues addressed were employee relations and supervisory skills, including compromise, collaboration and network building within and outside the organization.

The command staff also learned about some of the latest trends in crime with presentations about cybercrime and telephone explorations. They also received updates on some of the latest state and federal laws as well as tips on how to prepare budgets and strategic plan.

"This program is invaluable for small and medium sized departments in training assistant chiefs," said Assistant Chief Glen French of the Horseshoe Bay Police Department. "It is very much appreciate and very much a necessary part of our education."

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