The FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association conducts leadership training seminars, or institutes, in three phases: supervisor, command and executive.
The Supervisor Leadership Institute is a five-day seminar designed for first-line supervisors and middle managers in law enforcement.
“The goal of the program is to enhance leadership ability and competency,” Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.
McDavid, on behalf of the Zachary Police Department, hosted the FBI-LEEDA supervisory training in Zachary at a church conference room facility Oct. 20-24. Law enforcement in the roles of sergeants, lieutenants and captains attended, said McDavid, who is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
McDavid said instructors are senior law enforcement leaders who are “committed to passing on lessons learned.”
The training consists of personality diagnostics, leadership case studies, mentoring, developing law enforcement personnel, performance and risk management, and credibility, according to FBI-LEEDA.
McDavid noted the training sessions are student-centered and focus on communicating, dialogue and group work.
“We had students attend from the southeastern United States and as far away as Washington state,” McDavid said.
Personnel from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, LSU Police Department and Zachary PD attended.
“To be good hosts, we held a cookout one day that had Mayor David Amrhein and staff frying fish and Paul Mier from Cajun Catch and Chris’ Meats cooking gumbo on another day,” McDavid said. “Their generosity and hospitality are greatly appreciated.”
Instructors Anne Kirkpatrick and Tim Plotts, both graduates of the FBI National Academy, led the seminar.
Plotts is a retired troop commander from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in management and leadership. Plotts also graduated from the Southern Police Institute.
Kirkpatrick started her law enforcement career in 1982, serving in five departments during her tenure and in three of the five as chief of police. Kirkpatrick has a degree in business administration, a master’s degree in counseling, post-master’s education in counseling/psychology, a law degree and is a licensed attorney in Washington.
She graduated from the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the FBI’s National Executive Institute. FBI–LEEDA members are chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies, directors and commissioners of public safety and elected sheriffs throughout the U.S. and foreign countries. Annual training conferences are held to provide members with up-to-date information and the latest technology in the field of law enforcement, according to FBI-LEEDA.org.
McDavid said Zachary will host the next phase of the FBI-LEEDA seminars — the Command leadership phase — in 2015, which is designed to prepare law enforcement leaders for command-level positions.
“Training at the command level focuses on command discipline and liability, dealing with problem employees and leading change within an organization,” McDavid said.