Patricia Casstevens, Director, IACP Foundation
s highlighted in the June issue of the Police Chief magazine, the Foundation recently partnered with Target to provide an addition to its portfolio of professional development programs by establishing the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship (LEBF). The LEBF was a two-week course created by Target team members and a subcommittee of Foundation board members that highlighted outstanding corporate practices that translate into the world of professional policing.
Based on the feedback of the five command staff, who were selected from a nationwide application process to attend, the LEBF was a great success and provided hands-on, real-life lessons that they could bring back to their agencies or communities. Among the courses crafted for the 10 days of instruction, participants in the LEBF found particular value in the information presented on public/private partnerships, managing change, diversity, information security, forensics, and crisis management.
All of the participants remarked on the importance of relationships formed during the two-week class, among themselves and with their new corporate colleagues, that will continue past the duration of the course. Here is more of what they had to say about the significance of this command-level training, in their own words:
Deputy Chief William Gross, Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department
The Boston Police Department is committed to community policing, and we strive to strengthen and maintain the successful relationships that we have developed with our communities. As a result of the Diversity course, we are currently reviewing new ways in which we can increase diversity in the entire structure of our agency, especially recruiting, to ensure that the Boston PD remains an organization that is reflective of its population.
Captain Michael Ronan, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Police Department
Like many agencies, the Virginia Beach Police Department is facing the challenge of “doing less with more” in every aspect of our organization’s operations. As a result of the Public/Private Partnerships course, we are looking at enhancing our relationship with local businesses, including Target stores, to promote community collaboration on events and law enforcement community-based programs such as Shop With a Cop and the National Night Out.
Commander Stephen Potter, Napa,California, Police Department
In partnership with the Napa Police Department, Target will be using their expertise in organized retail crime by making a presentation to our local merchants and law enforcement agencies. Our belief is that by raising the awareness of retail crime locally, we can support businesses by reducing loss and making our communities more secure for commerce, travel, and general livability.
Lieutenant Mark Bruley, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Police Department
I have spent the majority of my adult life in law enforcement and was unsure about the benefits of attending a training program based on corporate practices. However, I soon learned that in nearly all areas, from budgets to managing personnel, police agencies and the private sector share many of the same challenges. Through several of their courses, Target provided unique approaches to overcome those problems that many departments would never have thought of.
Assistant Chief Scott McMahon, Watertown, South Dakota, Police Department
As police administrators, one of our primary goals is to continue to grow from a “good to great” level of performance. Target’s classes on Talent Acquisition and Motivation & Rewards helped me recognize how to identify strengths and weaknesses in staff, provide opportunities for mentoring and development, and how to more appropriately place personnel within the organization.
The IACP Foundation is grateful to Target for its continued commitment to the advancement of professional policing, particularly through its support of command-level training programs that are crucial to a new generation of law enforcement leaders. Stay tuned for more information on the next phase of the LEBF in the coming months. ■
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