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IACP Foundation: Law Enforcement Leaders Learn, with a Corporate Twist

Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; and Chair, IACP Foundation

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Participants at graduation from the Law
Enforcement Business Fellowship
(from left): Lori Dreier, Thad Turner,
Jason G. Fox, Thomas E. Doyle,
Walter J. Evans, and John W. Roland Jr.

n July 2010, the IACP Foundation was proud to once again partner with Target to present the second iteration of the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship (LEBF). The LEBF is a two-week leadership and management training program developed by Target team members and a subcommittee of the IACP Foundation board to examine several successful corporate strategies and translate them into a law enforcement lexicon.

This year, the course served six senior command staff candidates from a variety of backgrounds, agencies, and geographic locations. Participants were selected through a national application process, and each one came to the class with different expectations and perspectives regarding their roles as law enforcement leaders in a changing world.

Through both classroom and hands-on training courses, the candidates were exposed to the most current corporate trends and instruction on topics such as media relations, change management, talent planning, community partnerships, forensics, and the Six Sigma business management strategy.

As with the first offering of the LEBF in 2009, this year’s attendees had high praise for the course content and the professionalism and knowledge of instructors, but, more importantly, they were grateful for the opportunity to attend training of this caliber at no cost to their agencies.

The accounts below, in the candidates’ own words, truly reflect how valuable public-private partnerships can be to individual officers, their departments, and the communities they serve. The IACP Foundation is grateful to Target and all of its team members for this important investment in the future of professional policing.

Colonel/Chief of Police Thomas E. Doyle, Greenhills, Ohio, Police Department

“In these trying economic times when police executives are tasked with doing more for their communities with shrinking budgets, I was afforded a unique opportunity by Target and the IACP Foundation. I was able to take an in-depth look at how private business practices such as Six Sigma can be applied to law enforcement to help solve problems in a logical manner. Financial issues are going to be with the public sector for a long time, and a solid problem-solving strategy will help establish and maintain public confidence.”

Captain Thad Turner, Orangeburg, South Carolina, Department of Public Safety

“This program was one of the most useful I have attended in my career. The program provided a unique perspective on talent management and team coaching. Both of these concepts will definitely prove useful in my role as a law enforcement leader. Building strong team relationships and improving talent within the law enforcement community are keys to improving our communities and delivering service. Law enforcement can learn a great deal from successful companies. It was a privilege to be part of the program, and I will use the information I learned to continue promoting excellence within my agency.”

Major Walter J. Evans, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Police Department

“I was particularly intrigued by the Six Sigma concepts presented in this course. Six Sigma strategies have universal applications that can not only be used by a large retailer, but also readily applied to by a police department of any size or type. My only regret is that we did not have more time to devote to this process.”

Lieutenant Jason G. Fox, San Francisco, California, Police Department

“The adversity faced by law enforcement and private enterprise, especially during difficult economic times, is not dissimilar. Both the private and public sectors must strive to run lean and ‘do more with less.’ The LEBF allowed me to examine Target’s innovative solutions to their own operational challenges. The ideas and methodology that corporations employ to optimize their productivity and resources can be emulated by agencies like mine; the lessons learned will directly benefit the San Francisco Police Department.”

Deputy Chief John W. Roland Jr., Mount Vernon, New York, Police Department

“This training program was a unique opportunity to observe, learn, and openly discuss the management principles and policies of a successful corporation. Also, the interaction with other law enforcement executives from across the country provided additional insight and problem-solving discussions concerning the issues that face executives in law enforcement. Transforming leadership development and talent management principles from the corporate sector to the public sector will undoubtedly prove beneficial to police agencies.”

Lieutenant Lori Dreier, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Police Department

“The training offered by IACP Foundation and Target really shows the power of community involvement and partnerships. When public and private entities work together in problemsolving efforts, we can make our communities great places to live, work, and play. I also enjoyed getting to know the other fellows and believe, through the training process, we have developed partnerships that will be great resources throughout our careers.” ■

The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. Federal Tax ID #54-1576762.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 11, November 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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