More than 70 police sergeants from 32 law enforcement agencies throughout North Texas will attend the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) School of Police Supervision, Jan. 28-Feb. 22. The courses will take place at the Southlake Police Department Training Facility with graduation on Feb. 22 at ILEA headquarters in Plano.
“We focus on helping experienced and newly-promoted first-line supervisors and civilian managers to develop their leadership, communication and technical skills, in order to effectively navigate the rapidly changing and challenging law enforcement profession,” said Gregory Smith, M.A., Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. “Our School of Police Supervision courses are taught by current and retired law enforcement executives, educators and attorneys who specialize in law enforcement issues.”
Courses cover a variety of topics, including leadership and supervisory accountability, motivation and counseling, community policing and procedural justice. Attendees earn 120 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement credit. Attendance also can count toward undergraduate credits from Tarleton State University.
“In my experience, the education provided by ILEA’s School of Police Supervision is essential and benefits the entire police department. Supervisors and command staff come back from the four-week school with new perspectives and skills to build trusting relationships and more effectively engage with their teams and their communities,” said Mac Tristan, who retired in Nov. 2018 after eight years as Chief of the Coppell Police Department.
“Many of the front-line supervisors I sent to the school each year became more motivated to continue learning and growing in their careers, and some have risen to top leadership positions. The school provides an important foundation,” added Tristan, who is also an instructor for ILEA.