41 First-Line Law Enforcement Officers from 21 Texas Agencies Participating in the "Texas Sergeant Academy" Leadership and Ethics Program

SUGAR LAND, TX (January 23, 2024) - The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (“ILEA”) at The Center for American and International Law (“CAIL”) is pleased to announce that 41 law enforcement first-line supervisors from 21 agencies are participating in ILEA’s two-week Texas Sergeant Academy at the Sugar Land Police Department training facility that began on January 22.

“We are excited to partner with the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool on training that will ensure our community remains among the safest in the nation,” stated Sugar Land Police Chief Mark Poland. “The Sugar Land community prioritizes and supports public safety. Our continued commitment to partnerships and training is essential to the delivery of the high level of services our citizens expect. We are proud that we are able to meet these expectations while also providing the same opportunity for other participating agencies, because crime prevention is a regional effort that does not stop at the borders of Sugar Land.”

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 21 agencies in attendance, the leadership and ethical decision-making skills taught will ultimately benefit many communities throughout 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.”

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 February 2. To coordinate a photo op or interview, please contact Sugar Land PD public information officer Doug Adolph at dadolph@sugarlandtx.gov or 713-202-0816.


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. Learn more at www.cailaw.org/ILEA