Create a nationally recognized leadership academy to provide the R&D and leadership needed to guide and continually improve police officer training, become a source for vetting and replicating effective police strategies and tactics and prepare the next generation of CPD leaders.

  • For many years, CPD has sent Sergeants, Lieutenants and Commanders to various Command schools to Boston, the FBI and Northwestern University.
  • A proposed Staff and Command School for CPD should have been implemented a long time ago. Essentially, when a member is promoted, they go through what is called Sergeants School, Detective School, Lieutenant’s School and Captains School.  The length of time in these various training schools is from two weeks to twelve weeks, almost the same amount of time if a member was to attend Command Schools at Northwestern University, Boston or the FBI.
  • Sergeants School, Detective School, Lieutenant’s School and Captains School is considered deficient with poor quality, and oftentimes worthless, training.
  • These mentioned CPD promotional schools should be completely replaced with a CPD Staff and Command School to mirror nationally-renowned schools like Northwestern University’s Staff and Command School, FBI’s Command School and the Southern Police Institute out of the University of Louisville.
  • When members who are getting promoted are attending the CPD Staff and Command School for Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant or Captain training, they can then engage in thoughtful engagement in CPD’s policies, current operational strategies and overall well-being of the Department.  
  • An additional component would be to provide sworn members the opportunity to submit thought-out recommendations on policies and operational strategies without fear that their hard work and creative ideas would be stolen.  There would be a format for the members to follow to aid them in submitting these ideas.
  • The goal is to have the CPD Staff and Command School nationally recognized, like Northwestern University’s Staff and Command School, FBI’s Command School and the Southern Police Institute out of the University of Louisville.
  • The CPD Staff and Command School can operate out of CPD Training Academy.  The CPD Staff and Command School would also offer continuing education law enforcement training classes open to ANY member.  Classes for example include “Writing Search Warrants,” “Executing Search Warrants,” “Firearms Tactics Training,” “Interview and Interrogation Classes,” etc.
  • The CPD Staff and Command School would mirror topics and training like the mentioned schools in key elements of dynamic leadership, the supervisory challenge (role of the supervisor), communication skills, employee performance appraisal, motivational principles, managing the “problem employee,” effective planning and decision making, being a responsible staff officer, responsibilities of a staff officer, ethics, professionalism and community image, and case studies in effective supervision.
  • Much like the US Department of Defense, the CPD Staff and Command School could eventually provide an avenue for promotion through the completion of rigorous training programs offered to police officers who have specific time in grade and have spent a significant amount of time in the field.