By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation
n early 2009, the IACP Foundation and members of the Target leadership team came together to discuss the challenges faced by contemporary law enforcement in obtaining timely, relevant, and novel training opportunities. Chief among those challenges were two distinct concerns: first, the very real and persistent economic factors forcing many agencies to curtail any “nonessential” training due to a lack of funding and, second, the deficit of diversity and innovation in many existing leadership programs.
With the goal of filling both voids, the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship (LEBF) program was born. The LEBF is a joint venture between Target and the IACP Foundation, which highlights the best aspects of public-private partnerships with law enforcement command staff as the beneficiary.
Through a combined approach to curriculum development and review, corporate team members and a subcommittee of the IACP Foundation board created a two-week management training program that pulled concepts from many of the most successful internal leadership courses that Target uses to cultivate and encourage its key players.
Topics that cross the boundaries of corporate guidance to the streets and executive offices of law enforcement include the following:
- Community partnerships
- Change management
- Talent planning
- Crisis leadership
- Marketing (your agency) and brand reputation
- Finance and budgeting
- Information security
- Six Sigma strategy
This training program finally came to fruition in June 2009 with a two-week pilot program of the LEBF being launched at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This pilot program served five command staff officers from across the United States, from agencies as large as the Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department to as small as the rural department in Watertown, South Dakota. The program received extraordinary reviews, and, most importantly, team members solicited detailed feedback from the pilot course attendees, integrating their suggestions into the second course in July 2010.
The Foundation is proud to announce that applications for five scholarship spots to the third iteration of the LEBF course are being accepted from April 1 through April 29 for the July 2011 two-week program. The application will be available beginning on April 1 on the Foundation website at http://www.theiacpfoundation.org. The course will run from July 18 through July 28 at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expenses associated with the training opportunity, such as travel to and from Minneapolis and lodging for the duration, will be covered through a grant from Target to the IACP Foundation for candidates that are able to complete the entire course of instruction.
Successful candidates will be chief executives of their agencies or individuals who play a significant role in the leadership or succession plan of their departments. The LEBF course is a demanding but rewarding program that will benefit professional law enforcement officers interested in advancing their personal objectives in tandem with the advancement of departmental goals.
In addition to classroom training, course attendees are afforded the opportunity to meet with police leaders from the Twin Cities area and are hosted at a small number of networking events in the evenings.
The IACP Foundation is grateful to Target and to its leadership team for the chance to continue this exciting and dynamic program for the future of professional policing.
For more information on the LEBF program and for instructions regarding how to apply, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.theiacpfoundation.org or look for a front page announcement on the IACP’s website at http://www.theiacp.org. ■
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Please cite as:
Michael J. Carroll, "Target and Foundation Offer Scholarships to Third Installment of the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 78 (April 2011): 10–11.