45 First-Line South Texas Law Enforcement Officers Participating in the "Texas Sergeant Academy" Leadership and Ethics Program

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (“ILEA”) at The Center for American and International Law (“CAIL”) is pleased to announce that 45 law enforcement first-line supervisors from 18 South Texas agencies are participating in ILEA’s 22nd Texas Sergeant Academy. The two-week leadership and ethics program, hosted by the City of Mission and the Mission Police Department, began on May 6 and will run through May 17 at the City of Mission’s Center for Education and Economic Development.

The Texas Sergeant Academy, one of ILEA’s premier training programs, equips new first-line leaders with the skills needed to succeed in their leadership positions.  Taught by law enforcement and academic professionals with broad backgrounds, the Texas Sergeant Academy offers officers a comprehensive curriculum focusing on leadership, communication, ethical leadership, and supervisory accountability.

“With police supervisors from 18 agencies in attendance, the leadership and ethical decision-making skills taught will ultimately benefit many communities throughout South Texas,” shares Gregory Smith, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration Director. “If an agency needs to implement change or maintain a healthy ethical culture, law enforcement executives must have their first-line leaders on board. The Texas Sergeant Academy will prepare these first-line leaders to implement a department chief executive officer’s vision for their communities and model it for all officers.”

Chief Cesar Torres of the Mission Police Department emphasized the department’s dedication to these values, stating, "the City of Mission Police Department is committed to public safety."

The Texas Sergeant Academy was created in 2017 in cooperation with the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool to provide training opportunities for officers throughout the US. Since then, over 600 officers have successfully completed the Texas Sergeant Academy.

Media is invited to cover the Texas Sergeant Academy, and high-resolution photos of the group will be available on May 20. To coordinate a photo op or interview, please contact CAIL communications officer Karla Larraga at klarraga@cailaw.org or 972-244-3436.


About the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration - The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1957 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, a nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. ILEA has a well-established reputation as a leader in policing education in the United States and worldwide through innovative professional development, continuing education, and ethics/ethical decision-making programs that prepare law enforcement leaders to thrive in times of calm and during moments of crisis.