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IACP Foundation: Law Enforcement Business Fellowship Candidates Announced

Patrica Casstevens, Director, IACP Foundation




Deputy Superintendent William G. Gross
Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department
Deputy Superintendent Gross, a 26-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, began his career in Area C-11, the Dorchester section of Boston, where he addressed gang violence issues as a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force and later as a member of the Drug Control Unit. He has also served as a Boston Police Academy instructor, leading new recruits in the areas of use of force, patrol procedures, and criminal law. In early 2008 Gross was promoted to his current rank and took command of Zone 2, which encompasses four of the busiest and most diverse police districts in the city. Many of the zone’s initiatives have improved the quality of life for the area’s residents as well as the trust between the community and the Boston Police Department.

Assistant Chief Scott McMahon
Watertown, South Dakota, Police Department
Assistant Chief McMahon, a native of Big Stone City, South Dakota, began his career in law enforcement with the Watertown Police Department in 1994. During this time he developed a special interest in traffic safety and was heavily involved with the Field Training Officer Program. McMahon worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to assistant chief in December 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Marty College and graduated from the 234th session of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in September 2008.

Commander Stephen D. Potter
Napa, California, Police Department
Commander Potter has 28 years of local law enforcement experience, with 6 years as a deputy sheriff and 22 years of service in the Napa Police Department. His duties include overseeing the Administration and Support Services Bureaus, and he manages both the Property Room and the Records Bureau. Additionally, he oversees the Consolidated Communications Center, which is the primary public safety answering point for the county. Potter graduated from Union Institute and University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management; he is also a 2008 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and currently serves as a part-time instructor at Napa Valley College.

Lieutenant Michael P. Ronan
Virginia Beach, Virginia, Police Department
A member of the Virginia Beach Police Department for over 25 years, Lieutenant Ronan is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division, where he oversees the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Bomb Squad, Canine Unit, Aviation Unit, and Mounted Unit. Since 2001, he has served as the department’s representative on the area’s Federal Emergency Management Administration Urban Search and Recovery Team as well as the Virginia Task Force Two as a plans officer. Ronan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University as well as a master of public administration degree from Old Dominion University and is a graduate of the 230th FBI National Academy.

he board of directors of the IACP Foundation is pleased to announce its selection of four successful candidates for the pilot program of the Foundation/Target Law Enforcement Business Fellowship (LEBF).

As noted in the January 2009 issue of the Police Chief, the Foundation has recently partnered with team members at Target to create a management training program based on several of Target’s most effective courses but revised and geared toward law enforcement command staff.

The fellowship will take place June 8–19, 2009, at Target’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. All costs associated with the program, such as compensation for instructors, travel to and from Minneapolis, lodging for attendees, and most meals, will be covered by a grant from Target through the IACP Foundation.


Pilot Program Candidates

Foundation staff received over 30 applications for the LEBF, each of which was evaluated by a subcommittee of the Foundation board and members of Target’s leadership team. The subcommittee considered geographic diversity, the size of applicants’ agencies, and the ability of successful applicants to make a significant impact on their departments upon completion of the program.

The IACP Foundation is proud to provide this opportunity for high-quality, no-cost training to the law enforcement professionals identified at right. The Foundation is grateful to Target for its continued and generous support of Foundation programs and events and for its commitment to law enforcement agencies across the United States. ?


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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 6, June 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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