Reaching a Higher Standard

Last week, I posted a short item about the training that was held in Northfield for area police supervisors and administrators. On Tuesday of this week, I traveled to Minneapolis to attend a training session hosted by the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. The topic of this training was entitled “Innovations in Police Accountability.” The session was geared for senior law enforcement officials. There were representatives from several states and well over 100 people in attendance. Given the road conditions, it was a remarkable showing.

I thought you might be interested in the speakers and their backgrounds:

David Harris, Balk Professor of Law, University of Toledo Law School
Chief Robert W. McNeilly, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Chief John M. Douglass, Overland Park Police Department
Samuel Walker, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Omaha
Chief Luis Velez, Colorado Springs Police Department
Steve Wing, Office of Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose, California.

The topics centered on measuring the levels of activity in a community and measuring police response while measuring officer and first line supervisor accountability. The speakers were all intimately involved in innovative new programs and provided a good foundation for new ways of doing business to better meet the needs of our community.

It was a full day but one well worth the travel and time.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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